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Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

Christ--the Messiah, the King, the Creator--became like us, flesh and blood. He tasted death, just as we all will, so that He could release us from the power that death holds over us. For most of us, the power of death comes in the form of fear. We often fear dying so much that we never truly live this one life we've been given.

Fear of death is a form of captivity. It creates in us a need to live a safe existence. But through His own example, Christ calls us to a life that is not safe, but fearless. We need to be like those heroes that I so admire: first-responders. Just as a firefighter risks his own safety to run into a burning building, we need to run to the broken and the hurting and the lost. In our case the "burning building" are people, each uniquely created, each especially loved and all worthy of the grace of Christ.

Father, give me the courage today to live a life of fearless sacrifice. I need the strength to face a sin-sick world and to give away the only thing that I have that is worthy--You. In Christ's name, Amen.


GLYNIS BECKER

Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.