There are few “sure” bets in gambling, but every now and then, someone finds a “can’t miss” opportunity. They are so certain it’s a lock that they’d “bet their life on it”! This phrase and other variations have become quite common in life. Maybe you’ve even said it yourself in the past.
What exactly are you willing to bet your life on? Jesus calls us to sacrifice everything, even our very lives, for His sake. In recent months, there have been stories of Christians, hailing from Iraq, Egypt, and Ethiopia, being executed because they believed in Jesus and would not renounce Him. This is nothing new. The church has been persecuted from its earliest days:
But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at [Stephen]. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. Acts 7:57-58
Stephen is believed to be the first follower of Jesus to be killed for his faith. Countless others have been killed in the almost 2,000 years since his death. For some, professing faith in Jesus can mean death. Choosing to align your life with Christ—publicly declaring that you follow Him—will bring persecution.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:18
This weekend, 16 students stand and confirm their faith in Jesus. While this is indeed a special day, we each have opportunity to confirm our faith every day through our actions. Sadly, we too often confess faith with our mouth, but live as if Jesus isn’t our everything.
Are you willing to bet your life on Jesus? He demands our whole life—in our homes, schools, workplaces, communities, and the world. He’s inviting you to trust Him completely with your life. He’s asking you to risk everything to follow Him. Will you?