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Posted on 28. Feb, 2011 by Tim Stoner.
While the outcome of the Egyptian revolt was still very much in doubt, Hosam Khalaf, a 50-year-old engineer brought his wife and daughter to Tahrir Square to join the protesters. “When we meet God,” he said, “we will at least be able to say: ‘We tried to do something.” Those fearless words made me wonder: What I have risked for Jesus? When I look into “the eyes of Him to whom we must give account,” what will He see in me? Will there be exposed a long, unbroken history of fearful timidity, commitment to ease, security and avoidance of pain? Will there be any record at all of heroic obedience, costly sacrifice and courageous devotion? Will I have done anything of significance for Christ?
Posted on 17. Jun, 2009 by Tim Stoner.
By choosing to follow Jesus (”take up the cross”) we joined a long train of faithful disciples who accepted the shame of the cross and drank the bitter cup, like their Master, to the dregs. The symbol of the cross points us to the reality that this battle we are in will cost us our lives one way or the other. And we are called to die, daily, and that, at least, means we must lay our lives down, like Jesus did, for life of the world. We do not take life–we give ours, freely, as our Lord did.