Would You Do It?

The return of our Lord Jesus Christ is closer than ever and as Christians we need to be strong and courageous.

1 Corinthians 16:13 (NLT)

13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous.[a] Be strong. 14 And do everything with love.

 We never know exactly when our faith will be put to the test, now do we? As I meditated on the above verse over the last couple of weeks I found my mind constantly being reminded of the children in the Middle East and the fact that they gave their lives for Jesus Christ.

What about you, would you remain faithful to our Lord and King just as these children demonstrated?  Would you, would I have enough courage to stand strong in my faith if faced with an evil like they were?  I think we all would like to hope our courage and faith would be STRONG like these children but really there is no way to know that unless I/we were faced with a day such as theirs?   Honestly, we will probably never know the answer to these questions based solely on geographical reasons. What I mean is most Americans probably think that kind of evil would never happen on American soil but let me say this, we never thought 9/11 would happen either, and it did, right?

No one can deny that these children’s courage and faith in Jesus were off the charts and my prayer is that they saw the glory of God just as Stephen did when he was martyred (see Acts 7:54-60). I would venture to guess that Stephen knew without a doubt Jesus Christ would never leave his side nor forsake him and I believe these children knew that as well.

My heart breaks for the parents of these children because they were forced to watch their children be martyred.  How do you erase such images from your mind, I mean can you? As a parent, I can’t even imagine what ran through their heads in that moment it is beyond all comprehension.  Just think about the enormous amount of courage it took for these children not to renounce our Lord knowing they were faced with certain death.   As a Christian parent how do you muster up the desire to continue to live never mind live for Christ after seeing your child lose their life for Christ?

Jesus’ mother Mary I’m sure knew exactly what ran through these parents’ minds and hearts.  Just as these parents watched their children martyred Mary watched her son, her Lord, be crucified for all of us.

As Christian Americans we are spoiled in the sense that we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion knowing pretty much that we will not get martyred for speaking what’s in our hearts.   As Americans will we really ever know just how much courage it takes to be a Christian?

Maybe some day we will because the bible says in the last days men will call evil good and good evil so anything is possible.

 Isaiah 5:20

What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

 My pastor asked me this question and so I  ask you, what if your child renounced Jesus?   Could you renounce Him  just to be with them in the present time knowing you both would be condemned for eternity?  Would you do it?

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About debbestillandlisten

Worshipper and follower of Jesus Christ. God has given this Christian the privilege of loving and caring for my amazing son. I absolutely love to worship our Lord and Savior and to be in His presence; there is nothing better!
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5 Responses to Would You Do It?

  1. Oh what a heart wrenching question! Corrie Ten Boom taught that God only gives us the ticket for the train ride just before we get on the train. IN other words God equips us with what we need in the moment. If we are faithful to follow Him every day He will equip us for the days ahead. I am trusting in this truth.

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  2. Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    What will it take for us to stand?

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