|We learn how to persevere and to trust in the Lord’s plan for us through Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was just released after being imprisoned for almost two years for being a Christian.
And we learn how to deny ourselves, in the face of inevitable pain, to follow Jesus through our sister Leah, who exemplifies “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” She refused to bow down to Boko Haram and deny Jesus as her Lord, knowing it would mean surrendering the life she knew.
Persecution is their reality, and they choose to follow Jesus anyway. That friends,is sacrifice. And that selflessness is what Jesus desires of all of us. To have a love so deep for our Savior and fellow brother and sister, that we are willing to lay down our priorities, money, dreams, interests…even our lives for them.
The first century Christians of the Bible got this. And today’s persecuted get it too. They consider it an honor to suffer for Christ. Something we in the comfort of our Western religious freedom struggle to comprehend.
I challenge you to stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters. Get uncomfortable. Learn about their needs and circumstances…know their names.
Keep up with them by going to Lumenlife.org for the latest global Christian persecution news.
Our persecuted brothers and sisters need us. And we need them.