Are you willing to die for Christ?
All over the world, people are being imprisoned, tortured, and some even killed because of their faith in Christ. But their lives are not being wasted – they are leaving an incredible legacy for the next generation. This month, we’ve explored many different aspects of how to leave a Godly legacy. One of the most important (but often overlooked) things we can do is prepare to face persecution.
“all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)
Are you ready to suffer? Brother Yun, a wonderful Chinese Christian who experienced horrible persecution for His Lord’s sake, later wrote a book about his experiences behind the Bamboo Curtain, titled “The Heavenly Man.” Near the end of the book, he reflects on the deadness of Western churches, contrasted with the vibrance and vitality of the Chinese underground churches. He states,
“It’s almost impossible for the church in China to go to sleep in its present situation. There’s always something to keep us on the run, and it’s very difficult to sleep while you’re running. If persecution stops, I fear we’ll become complacent and fall asleep.”
He concludes by saying,
“Every house church pastor in China is ready to lay down his life for the gospel. When we live this way, we’ll see God do great things by his grace.”
Brother Yun didn’t lament his difficult life and the hard experiences he had been called to undergo… he rejoiced in them!! He recognized that persecution brings people closer to God!
Let me go back to my original question. Are you ready to suffer and die for Christ? Am I ready? Someday, each of us may be called on to make a decision – renounce Christ or die. Do you want future generations to look back at you and say, “He (or she) claimed the name of Christ, but denied Him under pressure”? Wouldn’t you rather have them say, “Wow, that person was so devoted to Jesus they were willing to die for Him! I want their secret – I want what they had!”? Are we ready to leave a legacy of courage and hope?