Kingdom of God empathy reaches deep into the soul and asks us to lay down our lives for others less blessed than ourselves. Our persecuted brothers and sisters live daily in this atmosphere.
We in America toss around cliches like "tomorrow's never promised". However, the odds of you and I awakening tomorrow morning when the alarm goes off are infinitely better than a fellow Jesus follower in Syria or Nigeria.
Family members of Christians in persecuting countries daily face horrid decisions that can impact whether they all see each alive again on this earth.
Sacrifices for each other and for other believers take on life and death magnitudes.
Here in America, we talk the talk, but it is not always our lifestyle to walk the walk regarding laying down our lives. It is just too easy for us to live out our day with our versions of concern in a free country.
In Matthew 25, Jesus tells followers: "if you truly give your lives away helping the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you are in reality serving me, by doing so."
If we do not sacrifice for the least of our brothers and sisters, we are refusing to help Jesus himself! This is one of those “hard truths”that probably caused many followers to wander away from Jesus in the first century.
Where are you sitting right now, as you read this article? I am sitting at my computer in my air-conditioned seniors' apartment. Safe, filled with lunch, enjoying a cup of tea, and writing. Where are you?
In Syria, you and I have brothers and sisters who are sitting in refugee tents, with empty stomachs, wondering what to do. International aid has run out. All they have are the clothes on their backs and a few aid-blankets.
Should they go home to a rubble pile in Iraq and hope ISIS doesn't return? To those at the bottom of the proverbial barrel, the choices are few.
For those of us who have blessings beyond our comprehension, we have many choices. Will we choose to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, invite in the stranger, and visit those in a prison of hopelessness? Or, will we turn away from helping Jesus himself?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.