One of favorite novels of all time is Charles Dickens A TALE OF TWO CITIES. In it he describes the horrors & inequities of the French Revolution (1789-1799). But it is also a story of love and nobility. Without getting too deeply into the plot, Sydney Carton switches places with Charles Darnay so that he is the one who is executed by guillotine, thus saving Darnay. In Dicken’s novel his last words are—
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
So the question we each need to think about is— What’s worth dying for?
Julius Caesar’s vision for a Roman Empire led to his murder. Jesus’ proclamation that He was God led to His crucifixion. Mahatma Gandhi’s fight for India’s independence led to his assassination. Martin Luther King Jr’s cry for racial justice also led to his assassination.
Let’s tighten the question. What, who, would you die for?
I would die for my wife, our children, my friends, and, if necessary, even a stranger. I would die for my faith in Christ.
But maybe this is the wrong question. What’s worth living for? might be more to the point. What you would live for you would also die for, of course. But how you live is as important, if not more so, than what you would die for.
Some challenges— Are your beliefs serving a higher calling? A greater purpose? Do you live with a purpose? Or do you simply wait for whatever comes along?
Are you guiding those around you? How? Are you leaving behind a legacy, a reason for the next generation to come alive? How are you training younger believers to live their faith in their way in their culture? All followers of Christ are called to do this.
What’s worth dying for? I would hope you would have a long list.
Greater love has no one than this; that someone lay down his life for his friend.
~ John 15:13
In these crazy days, please, think about what you’re living for: and what’s worth dying for. If it is just yourself, you might want to reconsider that.
Honor God, honor people, make a difference,
Dr. Gary Davis, President