|How dedicated to Christ and the Great Commission of
spreading the Gospel are we? There should never be an excuse
as to why we aren't doing all that we can! God gives us many
opportunities daily to talk to someone about Jesus and what he
has done for us. Jesus said in Luke 9:26 "For whosoever shall
be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man
be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his
Father's and of the holy angels."
Our testimony of how we
live our lives should speak for itself as in the statement
"you should witness everyday and then talk to a few people".
How true this is, our lives should be a shinning light in this
dark world. Jesus is the answer to the worlds problems!
weekly listings below will give you some insight to how
Christians in the past and also the present day and time have
suffered great pain and agony to serve our Lord & Saviour.
What do you do with someone who is boiled
in oil but doesn’t die?
It is said that Roman emperor Domitian commanded that the
apostle John be boiled to death in oil, but John only
to preach from within the pot. Another time, John was forced
to drink poison, but, as promised in Mark 16:18, it did not
him. Thus John, the head of the church in Ephesus at the
was banished to Patmos in A.D. 97.
John survived all of this because God had not finished with
him yet. A “revelation” still had to come.
While he was in a cave on the island of Patmos, John
received a vision. This vision became the book of
the book that would act as the driving force for evangelism
the church age. It prophesied the events that surround the
return of Christ. John wrote of Christ’s second coming and
welcomed his arrival. Even today his writings inspire
to anticipate the glorious return of Christ.
Two years after John’s exile, the emperor Domitian died,
and John returned to the church in Ephesus. The youngest of
the disciples lived also to be the oldest, dying in peace in
Ephesus at the age of eighty after over half a century of
resilient service to Jesus’ church.
It’s impossible to retire from God’s service. Just ask
John. At a time when the average age of death was
much younger, John lived on to be eighty years old,
faithfully serving all the while. Perhaps you have been
struggling with your own usefulness in God’s service.
Perhaps you feel too old and find yourself thinking God
could use someone younger in your place. Or perhaps
you are young and single and wonder if a married
couple might be more what God has in mind. Instead of
letting you quit on your own excuses, God wants to
build into you a spiritual resilience that is not readily
discouraged. Start asking today for God to reveal your
next steps in service to him.
Forgetfulness. It is the number one enemy of
prayerfulness. We are quick to offer our prayers of support.
Unfortunately, our good intentions are rarely good enough to
help us carry through on our commitments to pray for those in
need. What can remind you to pray for those who are persecuted
around the world? Perhaps a small sticker on the face of your
watch will remind you. Each time you look at your watch
throughout the day can be an opportunity for you to remember a
people group who live under religious persecution. Whatever
method you choose to be more mindful of the missed
opportunities for prayer, follow through on it. Reading
stories about extreme believers will not change anything.
Praying for extreme believers can change everything—maybe even