Who are You Willing to Die For?

One morning as I was preparing to preach a message on love, a thought went through my mind. You won’t die for someone that you wouldn’t be willing to live with. Wow. That was a simple litmus test for me. How many people would I be willing to move into my house and share the most intimate details of my life with? I have to admit, at this time in my journey, not many.


How many people on this planet would you be willing to live with? That is a huge question. Some of the most selfless people I know open their home to children who have no home or family through fostering or adoption. But, they are the exception, not the rule.


But, look at Jesus. He lived with the twelve and I would even propose that Jesus, who kept no permanent home, lived among ALL the people He would willingly die for. By sharing His life with them and in turn partaking of their daily life, the love between them grew to such a level that Jesus was willing to give up all he had for them. And in turn, all the disciples (even Judas) ended up dying in one manner or another on behalf of the Savior.


I want to be a person doesn’t watch life from the sidelines or taste a version of the original. I want to drain every drop from the fruit of this life…and that includes the joy of sacrificing on behalf of those I have grown to love. Love isn’t really love, unless it is shared with someone else. So, I am on a journey to find those who I can do life with, then live life with, and then lose my life with.

A Romantic notion? Maybe. Utopian? Maybe. But, something at my core tells me that this is what God meant when he said:


John 15: 12-13 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. NKJV


I challenge all of us to start with being authentic, identifying those that we love and purposefully choosing to live in daily communion with them as much as we are able. I don’t think it will just be rewarding, I think it is godly. For more on this subject please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgmE7lhOC04&t=1284s





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What’s More Christian Than Paying Another’s Debt?

After hearing Mark Rutland speak at a pastor’s conference at Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia, I signed my staff up for his yearlong training.


Mark is a missionary, evangelist, ordained minister, founder and President of Global Servants, and was the third President of Oral Roberts University. He has pastored churches in Florida and Georgia, and is currently part of Jentzen Franklin’s ministry team, and offers seminars for Pastoral training.


Mark covers many subjects in his course; from sermon delivery, worship, and leadership modeling; but it was during his financial training that he made a comment that would forever change my life.


Mark was called to a church in Florida as their Senior Minister. The church had built expansive facilities, was growing exponentially and everything was high and to the right—when a moral issue rocked the church. Leadership was removed, attendance fell off, and finances plummeted. During this period is when God called Mark to serve this church.


One day, lamenting the financial burden he had just inherited—I think the mortgage payment was $120,000 A WEEK—he asked the Lord, “I have always been faithful with finances. I have led with little debt and usually with a surplus in savings. Why would you ask me to take over a church drowning in debt?” The soft gentle voice of God answered, “What is more Christian than paying another man’s debt?”


Isn’t that what Jesus did for us? We couldn’t pay the debt we owed, so he—Jesus— entered our story and paid the price for our sins. Then, as an act of worship, He allows us to enter in and serve other people with theirs’.


Our church is on a journey to pay off people’s debts. We think it is a godly reflection of what our Savior has done for us. For more on this subject visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgmE7lhOC04&t=1284s



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