William Wallace’s battle speech From Braveheart gets a lot of play, but do you remember this little gem from later in the movie?
I was reminded of this scene over the weekend, while visiting my home church in Colorado. The memorable line is, “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”
Think about this in the context of 1 Peter 4: 12-14.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”
…If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed…
We live in a world of sin, and we suffer for it. But we live under a freedom given to us by Christ. This freedom means that we no longer live under a slavery to sin. We are free to really live.
We have all died to our sins. Now Jesus has set us free to really live. In our sufferings we are able to bring more glory to God.
Anyway, check out the video. it’s good stuff. Except for that kissing junk. Eww, cooties.
– Ben Reeves