Update on our brother in the Middle East whose life has been threatened: He is in hiding, but decided not to flee to the mountains. If/when caught, he will stand and defend his faith. In the meantime, he has sent his wife and children away and notified his oldest son to contact me if he is imprisoned or killed. Keep praying mightily for your brother.
Note what the scripture is for today. I wrote it ten years ago.
The scripture for today, April 1, is Ephesians 4:1 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
Jesus sometimes offended people. His apostles sometimes offended people. Specifically, the Apostle Paul sometimes offended people, and as he wrote he told people how to get to heaven God’s way instead of man’s way (which is impossible anyway).
But did it stop the Christians from telling people about the way to escape hell and go to heaven? Never. They loved people so much, they were willing to take insults and persecution and imprisonment and even death in the hopes that their persistent love would eventually lead to people becoming Christians and being saved from eternal hell. They knew their calling as Christians.
How about us today? Do we live a life worthy of our calling as Christians by standing up for Jesus and reaching out to the lost, regardless of the cost? Or do we cower and use the excuse, “Once people see my godly life, they will ask me how to be saved”? How many times do the lost really do that?
Let us stand tall as brave soldiers of the Lord. Let us march into enemy territory and do everything we can to snatch the lost out of the jaws of Satan.
No matter what they do to us.
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