Am I Ready to Die?

Coffin

I was just reminded I have to be prepared to die anytime.

A woman in her 20s was killed in an auto accident about fifteen minutes after I drove by the exact same spot this morning.

One person was killed this morning in a three-vehicle crash on I-135 by the First St exit, emergency dispatchers said.

The crash occurred at 7:47 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the freeway.

Two SUVs and a red car were involved in the crash. A woman in her 20s was killed.

I need to be lifting up her family in prayer.

Dying is a shock. I feel like there are a million things I need to get done today that are important (and there are). However, if I knew that tomorrow morning I was going to die they wouldn’t seem near so important to me today.

Photo Credit: J Frazier

Should I Be Living More Comfortably Than Jesus Did?

Are you familiar with the song I Have Decided to Follow Jesus?  The lyrics are attributed to S. Sundar Singh. 

They go like this:

“I have decided to follow Jesus; (3x)
No turning back, no turning back.

Though I may wonder, I still will follow; (3x)
No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me; (3x)
No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow; (3x)
No turning back, no turning back.”

Sundar Singh was born in India in 1889.  He lived a very interesting life and you can read about him on Wikipedia here.  After an unusual conversion experience at the age of 16 Sundar become a “radical” follower of Jesus.  He is recorded as saying:

“I am not worthy to follow in the steps of my Lord, but, like Him, I want no home, no possessions. Like Him I will belong to the road, sharing the suffering of my people, eating with those who will give me shelter, and telling all men of the love of God.”

Jesus said in John 13:16-17, “I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Since it is true that we as servants of Jesus are not greater than our Master, wouldn’t it also be true that we should aspire – as Sundar decided – to live a life no more comfortable or ostentatious than the one Jesus himself lived? Should we as Christians “belong to the road” and be homeless wanderers?

First Post – Am I Denying Myself Daily?

“Then he [Jesus] said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.'” (Luke 9:23-24)

What did the Lord Jesus Christ mean by these words?  How does one practically lose his life?  In what ways are we to deny ourselves?  What does it mean to take up ones cross?

As I work through trying to understand the answer to these and other questions and as I try to discern the practical implications of being a true follow of Jesus, I plan to post my thoughts on this blog. 

I plan to also post short anecdotes describing experiences from my life. I’ll try to limit those to interesting incidents and cut out the “I had raisin bran for breakfast” type of detail.

I’ll also share my thoughts on any books I may be reading, especially any that have to do with being a Disciple of Christ.

However, I particularly hope that you – the spellbound reader – will feel free to comment on any posts of interest. I envision this blog to be interactive.