Die or Live For it?

I was about to go home when I read a post from the rebelutionists Alex and Bret entitled The Bible or the Bullet. It told the story of a 16-year-old girl that was shot by communist soldiers because she chose to love the Bible instead of spitting on it. Suddenly, I got reminded of a friend’s text message to me that goes like this:

“You may never have to face the decision of whether or not to die for your faith, but everyday you face the decision of whether or not you will live for it.”

We Filipinos are so lucky that we are able to freely express our faith without facing the consequences of death or torture. But most of the time, we take our faith for granted. Sometimes our faith becomes meerly words spoken or knowledge gained, but neither experienced nor lived. We do not have to fear that policemen will take us to jail and torture us until we deny our God, always scared to reveal to the public about our faith. No. In our case, we find it so hard to live a Christian life even without the threats.

God doesn’t expect us to do what the girl, or all the other heroes of faith, did. He just wants us to live a life that is like Christ’s. We do not have to look for terrorists or people who detest God to show God how much we love Him. We have our own ungodly acts, our sinful habits. He wants us to show Him that even in smallest parts of our lives He is there, His words are always thought of and His will is always sought.

A few weeks ago a picture always popped in my head. It shows a man standing in front of two entrances that lead to different directions. The entrance on the left is dark and quite narrow, the ones we see on caves that leads to the depths of a mountain. On the other hand, the entrance on the right is brighter and inviting. If the entrance on the left resembles an entrance to a cave, this one resembles an exit from a very dark and long journey inside a cave, when you finally see the light of the world. At that moment I didn’t know what that means. I remembered Matthew 7:13-14:

13″Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Silly me, I prayed something like this, “Lord, when the time comes that you are going to come back and take your children and we will be in this situation where we have to choose between the two paths, please tell me what to do.” Stupid as it may seem, I did pray that. Lol. Then suddenly, it occured to me that it is not something that will happen when Christ comes back. It’s not even something that has to be done in a few months. It’s what should be happening every minute that we spend this life on earth. We should be able to thread the narrow gate, whatever difficulties it may present to us.

It is so hard to put down a Coelho book when it is time to have your devotion. It is so hard to turn off the television during your most favorite tv show when it is time to go and meet your disciples/sheeps or attend a church function. It is so hard to get up early in the morning to attend sunday school or early Church services. It is so hard to tell your friends that you are a Christian because they might label you as “banal” or words like that. It is so hard to look away from porn pictures especially when there is no one around. It is so hard to tell the truth especially when you know that the consequence might hurt, or is irrevocable. In general, it is so hard to get out of our comfort zones. We all want the fastest, easiest and less complicated way to happinness. But that’s not what He asks us to do.

The standing question is are you willing to live up for your faith? It won’t be fast and easy but when you reach the end.. it will be worth it..

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