Pack Your Coffin

(Copied From the Introduction of “Going All In: by Mark Batterson)


“And he said to them all, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.’” Luke 9:33


A Century ago, a band of brave souls became known as one-way missionaries. They purchased single tickets to the mission field without the return half. And instead of suitcases, they packed coffins. As they sailed out of port, they waved good-bye to everyone they loved, everything they knew. They knew they’d never return.


A.W. Milne was one of those missionaries. He set sailed for the New Hebrides in the South Pacific, knowing full well that the headhunters who lived there had martyred every missionary before him. Milne did not fear for his life, because he had already died to himself. His coffin was packed. For thirty-five years, he lived among the tribe and loved them. When he died, tribe members buried him in the middle of their village and inscribed this epitaph on his tombstone:


When he came there was no light.

When he left there was no darkness.


When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? That faithfulness is holding the fort? That playing it safe is safe? That there is any greater sacrifice than sacrifice? That radical is anything but normal?


Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.


Faithfulness is not holding the fort. It is storming the gates of hell.


The will of God is not an insurance plan. It’s a daring plan.


The complete surrender of your life to the cause of Christ isn’t radical. It’s normal.


It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.