Are You Prepared to Die?
BY RON STOHLER, PASTOR OF ADULT MINISTRIES & DISCIPLESHIP
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain
It was September, 1986. I had just surrendered my life to Christ that summer, was back on campus for my junior year, and Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship set me up with my first discipler to walk with me. His name was John – one of the most intense people I had ever met. John wanted to be a martyr. Really. While I was just trying to figure out what life would look like as a new follower of Jesus, John was prepared to die for the sake of Christ. Even though I could not relate to him at that time, John’s passion to forsake all for the cause made a huge impression on me. John internalized this kingdom reality. Without death, there is no multiplication.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Jesus, John 12:24-25 NLT
This entire ministry year, all the forums, podcasts, training and even our Way of Discipleship conference on February 4th will be focused on multiplication. We will hear stories, explore barriers, strategies, and benefits of multiplication. But make no mistake, the ultimate cost of multiplication is death to self. Make some time this week to re-evaluate your commitment to the cause of Christ. Are you willing to die for His sake? What does daily death look like? Without death, there is no multiplication.