I have to be honest many times when I see a “read more” on Facebook, or a link on a blog or e-mail I lose interest. In our world of instant information our attention span can be pretty short.
I want to say upfront if you are not planning to watch the video attached to this post, this would be a good place to sign-off. Without the video you won’t get the full impact.
The 3 minutes and some seconds you spend watching may change your idea of what it means to “pick up your cross and follow Him” forever.
As the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa increases some believe it will not stop there. Todd Starnes an opinion writer for Fox News affirms this in an article on April 20th “ISIS has released a video showing the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Starnes warns we could be seeing “the beginning of a modern day Holocaust”. It’s only a matter of time before these Islamic Extremists target American churches.”
As we watch these events unfolding it is hard to feel anything but anger, a desire for revenge, retribution. What should our attitude be?
“If you try to hang onto your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it”. Matthew 16:25
There are many ways to give up your life…
You can give up the material comforts of life for the good of another. I know that my parents like many other parents, gave up many things for my brother and I.
You can give up your right to be offended, your right to be angry, your right to treated fairly, even your right to be right.
What if Jesus was talking about giving up more than your material goods and comfort, your right to be treated fairly, more than just suffering persecution or discomfort for a season? What if the evil that is taking place in the Middle East and other places that horrifies us God will use to bring salvation to others? What if Jesus meant “Are you willing to give up your life for my sake”
Not long ago I remember reading about missionaries who were being trained to go into the most dangerous Muslim countries to share the gospel. They were going with the expectation they would not return. Martyrs for the cause of Christ.
As I watched the video below I remembered these young people and wondered how many have already sacrificed their lives that others may know the truth?