Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him. Peter said to the Lord, “I will lay down my life for Your sake,” and he meant it ( John 13:37 ). He had a magnificent sense of the heroic. For us to be incapable of making this same statement Peter made would be a bad thing— our sense of duty is only fully realized through our sense of heroism. Has the Lord ever asked you, “Will you lay down your life for My sake?” ( John 13:38 ). It is much easier to die than to lay down your life day in and day out with the sense of the high calling of God.
In 2005, British writer Charles Moore wrote an article chastising his fellow Europeans for their tendency to criticize Israel at every turn. “Are you happy to help direct the world’s fury at the only country in the Middle East whose civilization even remotely resembles yours?” he asked. “And are you sure that the fate of Israel has no bearing on your own?”