What comes to mind when you think of Christianity? Maybe you think of rules. You may even think of the word hypocrite, or boring, or stifled. Do you long for more, though?
“More of what?” you may ask. Christianity. Do you long to see it in it’s fullness, the way God intends it to be? I do. It seems that many western Christians are settling for a form of godliness but are denying it’s power (2 Timothy 3:1-7). Oh, I don’t want to do that! There are so many men and women who gave their all for Christ, who lived for Him and died for Him. Men and women who suffered for Him. This is not the prosperity type of Christianity that so many Western Christians embrace. I’m speaking of torture and of martyrdom. I’m speaking of those who are blessed because they are persecuted and wrongly accused for the sake of Christ (Matthew 5:11-13). Often, God chooses to take His children through the valley, because that is where we grow the most.
Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand were both taken through the valley. They experienced things that are hard to even hear, and yet they remained strong in Jesus Christ.
Could I stand strong, as they did? I pray that I would, and yet I know that it was only by the power of Christ that they endured and brought Him glory through their suffering. I have the same God. He will do for me what He did for them, but I must be faithful, now. I must be obedient now. I must abide and remain in Him now, and you must too.
We only have one life to live . . . Let’s live it for Christ.