What Does It Mean to "Die Young"?
To "die young" is to live for Christ and nothing else, to be set free from the bondage of sin and self, and to live a new kind of life. Those who die young are emotionally bulletproof (or close to it), because they have already died to everything in them that another person could damage or break. In the 1800s, missionary James Calvert left for the Fiji Islands to share Jesus with the cannibals living there. The captain of the ship that brought him tried to dissuade his going by saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages,” to which Calvert replied, “We died before we came here!”
Jim Calvert knew what it was to die young, and because of that he could do what other men were too afraid to do. His confidence was built on the fact that he had already given his life away, so no one else could harm him. His life, and the lives of those like him, are a shining example of the beauty of the death and burial of self.
When you die young, you give all of your needs, fears, worries, wants, hopes, dreams, and failures over to the One who can handle them.