Most of us in this present day and age can’t stand to be uncomfortable for a few minutes. We come unglued if our flight gets delayed or we get stuck in traffic for a few hours. What would we do if we faced imprisonment, torture and death for our faith? A better question to ask is, What will we do when we face imprisonment, torture and death for our faith in Jesus? What will we do?
Jesus told us to get on our cruise ships and follow him. No, He said we must pick up our crosses and follow Him (Luke 14:27, Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34). “Cross” doesn’t refer to getting stuck in an elevator with a loud mouth and miss an important luncheon. The cross means a tortuous death! The Bible tells us that we must suffer (2 Titus 2:3) and we’re blessed when others persecute us (Matthew 5:11-12). Does that make you feel good?
The next time we get hurt and upset because the boss moved our desk away from the window (that really happened) we could take a moment to think of modern day martyrs. Bounchan lost his job as a Communist Party district leader in Laos. Soon, he was imprisoned, tortured, starved, locked in stocks and placed in solitary confinement for more than 10 years! His crime – telling others about Jesus.
Learn more about Bounchan and other martyrs at The Voice Of The Martyrs website, Persecution.com