Friday, April 27, 2007 9:00 p.m.
Amy Carmichael wrote, “Let me die of a battle-wound, O My Lord, not of a lingering illness.” (A Chance to Die, p.235). There are warriors who, before they go out to battle, say, “This is a good day to die.” We are to be good soldiers for the cross of Christ, soldiers willing to fight to the death for what we believe. What are you willing to die for? Is the cross of Christ enough for you to lay down your life to defend it? Isaac Watts wrote a hymn called: “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?” At the time Isaac Watts wrote this hymn, in 1727, “…many Nonconformist believers were imprisoned for their views, even as Watts’s own father had been.” (The One Year Book of Hymns, April 21). Yes, we must fight for the cross of Christ. We must carry the banner of the cross high. It is better to die of battle wounds than die of a lingering illness.
Thought for Today: “Am I a soldier of the cross? A foll’wer of the Lamb? And shall I fear to own His cause Or blush to speak His name? Must I be carried to the skies On Flow’ry beds of ease, While others fought to win the prize And sailed through bloody seas?” Isaac Watts (1674-1748)