I’m a Christian living in America; a pastor in fact. This week my life is full of meetings, praying, studying to preach, writing, leading, discipling, speaking at a conference, and enjoying an occasional Starbucks on top of my home priority. I am doing my best to live for Christ by making disciples, equipping families, and serving the world with the gospel and empowering others to do the same. I’m honored to travel to the Middle East regularly and to support and partner and further the gospel in hard places. But… I always get to come back. This week I have experienced an awful tension. What am I supposed to do in light of this?
What are we supposed to do as our brothers suffer intense persecution and become martyrs? At the moment, I don’t have all the answers. As I am seeking the Lord I sense the need to pray more, fast more, mobilize more, go more, share the gospel more, etc. While kings, presidents, and governments have their God ordained duties to respond, my role as a follower of Jesus is clear. “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ…” (Philippians 1:27). I am still praying and processing as I think about recent affronts to the nation of the cross. My biggest question becomes, is my way of living worthy of the gospel of Christ?
In light of the martyrdom of our Egyptians brothers, ask yourself as a Christian, this very question. Make sure your are living as a disciple of Jesus who said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his own soul.” (Luke 9:23-25)
We cannot go on like nothing is happening. The spiritual battle is clearly spilling into the physical realm.
Follow Jesus wherever he leads… home, across the street, to a different job, to a beach on the Mediterranean. It’s a different way of living but the payoff is eternal.
“Then I saw thrones and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God…” (Rev. 20:4)
Think about these things. Don’t just move on.