Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
(Revelation 12:11 (NIV))
It is often thought that those who call upon Jesus as their Lord and Savior are not supposed to love their life. This false belief is based on this passage from Revelation. It is often misquoted or misunderstood to mean that we should not love our life and fully embrace death.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
(John 10:10 (NIV))
If Jesus came that we may have life to the full, then why should we not love our life? Life is a precious gift from God. It is to be loved.
What is in question is not whether we are to love the life that God has given us, but do we love God’s Word and His truth more? Will we be willing to lay down our life, which is a gift from God, for the ultimate gift from God? Can we see beyond our limited perspective and realize that God is capable of so much more than our individual lives? Can we understand the simple truth that God created us and has something far greater in store for us?
Jesus knew this. Jesus lived this.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13 (NIV))
Do you know it? Are you ready to live it? Are you ready to surrender your life for the testimony?