Christians in persecuting nations give their lives to share their faith with fellow citizens. Often, it is nothing less than sacrifice, or a willingness to pay a huge price to share Jesus with the lost person.
These persecuted followers of Jesus live a lifestyle of giving. They can give little physically, but they give the truth away to people who would kill them under many circumstances.
Christianity to such believers is a sacrificial life of giving but has the reward of eternity with Jesus in the next life.
Persecuted believers rarely think Jesus owes them something because they are his disciples. They are not risking their life everyday thinking Jesus will bless them with a new car, or a faithful mate.
These believers see themselves as living sacrifices here to give away the gospel message, even if it means prison or death. Salvation is a great gift from God, but it is not the reason to attend church or perform a thousand other activities.
Love for God and pure sacrifice is the name of the game in this lifetime, and the work of God sharing the gospel message is the primary purpose of church and existence.
Once the “get” mentality creeps in, the power of God disappears. The focus is now my healing, my blessing, my ministry, my business, my mate, my, my, my.
People begin to attend church for the great potlucks, the business contacts, possible future mates, and a thousand other “my” or “get” reasons. Sacrifice becomes just a word you hear in the sermon. The gospel gets lost, along with the power of God flowing through the congregation.
Thankfully, the persecuted church rolls on sacrificing their lives for the work of God. Let us pray for them to remain steadfast, filled with courage and endurance!
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.