“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:21
Southland Christian Church in Kentucky is in a series right now called Joy Bomb. Pastor Scott Nickell kicked it off a few weeks ago with some real truths about joy and challenged us to be joyfully fierce, like the Apostle Paul.
He asked this question near the end of his message that has stuck with me ever since:
What would you be proud to die doing?
I thought long and hard about this. Of course I want to leave a legacy of God’s love and grace. I want to be generous and invest in the next generation. I want to leave the world better than I came into it.
Then I started asking myself about 100 times a day if I would be okay with going out at that very moment. Would dying at that very moment prove to tell the story I wanted to leave behind?
If you are like me, you probably waste a lot of precious moments in a day doing things you would not be proud to die doing.
That realization brought a renewed spirit of intentionality for me. I want to lead such a life that anything I do is getting the ball further down the field for Jesus. And if I die, there is no shame.
So what would I be proud to die doing?
I’d love to be speaking truth and life into an at-risk kid. I’d love to be pouring grace into someone who might not “deserve ” it. I’d love to be ministering to those far from God. I’d love to be standing up for the voiceless. I’d love to be encouraging my friends and family. I’d love to be praying with a stranger. I’d love to be serving at my church.
Confession: I’m not doing any of these things enough. Most of the time, I’m taking care of me, and only me. So my next challenge is to do more of this things I want to be known for. More of the things that will further the kingdom of God.
What about you? What would you be proud to die doing? Are you doing it?