“Seven layers of dark chocolate cake filled with caramel mousse, pecans, frosted in our classic fudge frosting draped with caramel and topped with pecans and French chocolate drizzle”—Tasha Nicole’s “Turtle Pecan Signature” is a sweet treat to die for.
Or not. Now I know some of you will say that logic has nothing to do with chocolate fantasy, but let’s just try to apply a little reason to that thought: “to die for”. Aren’t the only things worth dying for the things that can’t be touched by death? Once you die for it, you can’t have it any more unless it has a beyond-the-grave, eternal quality. Kind of like “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”; once you’ve eaten that delectable slice, you no longer have it. It’s gone.
So what in life is definitely to die for? Jesus knew the answer to that question when he died for condemned human souls, sinners who had only eternal damnation facing them on the other side of the grave. His death opened the road for their eternal fellowship with the Father. The Father sent Him for just such an undying purpose—without question something to die for.
As followers of the God-man who conquered death so we could share His life, what is our “to die for”? Shouldn’t we also be dying a million little deaths every day as we weigh eternal values against temporal comforts? Daily deaths to self-centeredness, personal preferences, petty addictions, and protection of my fragile status quo are simple (but not easy) choices for one who grasps the preciousness of an eternal soul and the price of its redemption. Give your life for the spiritual growth of others—that’s what every day disciple-making is all about.
Yesterday I heard my daughter talking on the phone to a friend. Speaking slowly since English is her friend’s third or fourth language, Tiff labours to understand and be understood. A gripping new novel beckons her, but her friend’s eternal need compels her to pick up the phone and work at the relationship. Her friend has not yet learned to trust Christ, but Tiffany knows that Jesus’ love and truth communicated in genuine friendship is definitely to die for.