The Walking Dead

           When I was first in the Air Force I learned of a bomb called the neutron bomb. It could kill people without destroying any of the buildings. There was one major drawback to this weapon. Those who were outside the immediate blast area would receive enough radiation that they wouldn’t immediately die. It would take a few days before the radiation killed them.

            Just think about what that would mean. Enemy soldiers who knew they were going to die within a few days would fight with reckless abandon. They would come running over your lines with grenades clenched in their teeth and machine guns blazing. They’d be willing to take every risk, because they would know that their death was inevitable. It would be useless to try to preserve their lives.

            That is the kind of reckless abandon that Jesus was talking about when He said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good is it for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)

            That outlook on life is in part why the disciples were able to turn their world upside down! They had given up their lives and gone all out for the Lord! Paul’s description of this was one of crucifixion. He said, “… the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

            Imagine what God could do with a platoon of soldiers that showed no interest in hanging onto this life and were only concerned with winning the battle for Him. Imagine what difference that kind of self-sacrifice could make in your own family. Now imagine yourself in eternity, wishing you had made that kind of commitment to the cause of Christ.