"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death."
For quite some time, Kara – a young mother of four – helped grow my Christian view of the purpose of life and death. I had been following her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, for over a year and saw that her faithfulness was anything but mundane. She poured out her life to the glory of Christ. She offered up her cancer-filled, broken body; the most intimate details of her painful struggles and soaring victories; and her gifted writing to this purpose: “grace is lifted high and Jesus is exulted.” Near her homegoing, Kara shared that she did not feel like she had the courage for her final journey, but that she had Jesus – and she was confident He would provide.
(Kara, who was the author of the March edition of Anchor Devotional, took that journey and went to be with Jesus on March 22, 2015.)
There is nothing atoning in our own life or death – only in the life and death of Jesus. But that which we do in Him brings Him glory and pleasure, and helps others to see His beauty. We can give those we touch the gift of seeing Him.
What is your story? Ask Jesus to provide sufficient courage to use your gifts to exalt him - by life or death.