For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. – Philippians 1:21
In these trying days of human history, most people are searching for answers. There is a stark reality, that most things we cling onto does not matter at all.
In 1526, William Tyndale, an Englishman, translated the New Testament into English, despite threats from the Roman Catholic Church and King Henry VIII, king of England.
Tyndale fled for his life and remained in hiding for a part of his life in Germany. He never went to his homeland again. Instead, since the king and the Roman Catholic Church would not provide a printed Bible in English for the common man to read, Tyndale did, even though it cost him his life five years later.
In October 1536 he was tied to the stake, strangled by the executioner and afterward consumed by fire in the Netherlands. His last words recorded by Foxe’s book of Martyrs were, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” Tyndale was 42 years old, never married, and never buried.
This story reminds me of our lives and what really matters most. We may feel sad and pitiful at Tyndale’s demise but due to his dedication and untiring work, (and many other Christian martyrs) you have a copy of the English Bible that you can freely read, even though we are all in lock down.
Paul the Apostle said, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).
Today is a good day for quiet reflection and for you to ask yourself, “what matters most?” During this time of panic and fear God has called you and I to live in hope, to trust Him and to complete our assignments in life. And who knows, in years to come we will all be remembered for our acts of kindness, our hope, our resolve to live and our determination to be bright lights in a dark world.