. . . I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe and they were told to wait a little longer . . . . (Revelation 6:9-11)
My mind drifted to this passage as I drove home from services last Sunday and heard about the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians by people associated with ISIS. This story has captivated many, and rightfully so. We would also do well to remember there are many Christians around the world who are quite literally losing their lives because of their allegiance to Jesus.
The writer in Hebrews 13:3 calls us to: Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Please join me in remembering in prayer our brothers and sisters around the world who are facing costly consequences for their faith.
And while we’re at it, let’s ask God to graciously embolden us to be full of grace and truth in our own culture. Jesus came from the Father “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14), and He faced costly consequences because of it.
There is no such thing as a persecution-free life for a believer. Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:12: In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life will be persecuted . . . . According to Paul, there are no exceptions. Some of us will face crueler expressions of persecution than others.
Don’t be surprised. Be prepared. Be faithful.
Does death have the last word?
Not on your life.
See You This Weekend!
Grace and Peace,
Posted on Fri, February 20, 2015
by Chris Seidman