Enduring Christian persecution is never easy. When we examine a few famous cases, the followers of Jesus had little to lose regarding earthly treasure. Jesus himself did not even own a house, or much else. Jesus life depended completely on his Heavenly Father’s provision.
The Apostle Paul owned little. He provided for himself by making tents. His days and that of his traveling companions varied from eating well at a believers home, to having no food to eat that day, and sleeping under a tree on the road to the next town.
Again, the key to enduring such hardships in addition to persecution depended on total trust in God, rather than man’s methods.
Jesus used powerful training methods to build such trust in God in the early disciples. Jesus sent out the men and women in pairs on short missions.
He sent them out with no money, no food, no change of clothes, and no credit cards! These early believers either learned to put all their marbles in God’s basket, or they probably dropped away as so many did even in Jesus day.
Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ in modern persecuting countries own little of the world’s wealth or security.
For many, all they have is the hope within them through the Holy Spirit. God the Father and Jesus are all these believers have or trust. How would we in North America fair if heavy persecution descended upon us?
Have we been exposed to Jesus rigorous training methods, or routinely pushed out of our comfort zones? For most of us, the answer is no. We have our personal trials and tribulations that do stretch us on occasion, but enduring persecution to the point of martyrdom is not our experience.
Let us pray for our brethren around the world, and let us reduce our trust in our innumerable anchors of security, and put our lives completely in Father’s hands!
Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at email@example.com or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.