I am reading Philippians and in verse 2 it says to imitate the humility of Christ.
Philippians 2:8 says, "...he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death---even death on a cross!
I would like to think I could die for Christ. I mean, if someone where holding a gun up to my head and said they would kill me if I were a Christian, then asked me if I was, how would I answer. Used to, I thought I would just say no (I mean, there is common sense, right?) God would understand. The more I've studied and grown I have come to realize, boy was I wrong; We are never supposed to deny Him. Never!! Even if death is the cost. I would hope I have the courage to "become confident in the Lord...and proclaim the gospel without fear." Until faced with it, I couldn't say for sure.
Philippians 2:12-13 "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed---not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence---continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."
I do know that I need [daily] to pray and ask God to help me put on the mind of Christ, so that when I'm faced with hard and fast decisions I can act accordingly. It's not natural, we are natural born sinners, after all. God has a plan for me while on this earth...and the bible says, "to die is gain!"
What would you do?