We all have a numbered amount of days on earth; God is the only one who knows how many mornings we will live.
In Philippians 1:21, Paul declares, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” He has a simple and biblical understanding of life; if he wakes up and has breath, the Lord has him alive for another day to bring Him glory. This is exactly what the persecuted church lives by.
To bring God glory and honor is a tremendous honor and responsibility. Persecuted believers find joy, even amongst sorrow and torture and even death, because of this truth. As believers, we either get to live and bring glory to the one true God, or depart and be in His presence forever. Praise God!
The joy found in persecution is often invisible. To the outside world, their lives are coming to an end. But these believers’ citizenship is in heaven.
Although the impending threat of ISIS may cause their knees to wobble, or the prison guard yelling and demanding they repent may bring them to their limits mentally, they’re fearless.
Their hope goes beyond the grave. They are able to give up everything and still have all they need. They have a rich understanding of life and the gospel – the gospel of Jesus which has saved their souls. Because of faith in Jesus’ work, nothing can separate them from their Redeemer.
“Living worthy of the gospel means living the way you would if the gospel had infinite worth for you.” –John Piper. Yes, these believers may be tortured, beaten and even martyred, but their treasure is not based on how they’re treated on earth, but anchored in Jesus!
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