Remember Them That Are In Bonds

November 21, 2010

Heb 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. KJV

Last Sunday was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Churches. Many did not participate because they did not know. I am afraid that we do tend to only think about our little Christian part of the world and forget that there are more trials in the Christian walk than the heat/AC not being right, the sermon too long, money being requested or no one noticing our new attire.

While we should definitely pray for our brethren being tortured, raped, jailed and murdered for their faith and by all means should give towards what earthly relief we can give them there is another way to truly remember them. Our brethren suffer because they either make or take advantage of the opportunities given them to serve and witness. If they kept low and quiet they would not suffer nearly as often or badly. Their love for Jesus and others generates such fiery zeal that they are willing to bear the flames of persecution though indeed it might extinguish their life.

John Wesley said that he set himself on fire and people came to watch him burn. That is the attitude of our brethren in bonds. If we truly wish to remember them we should emulate them and do all the things they cannot do and do what they do with even greater zeal, if that is possible, for we have greater opportunities. What shame we will feel when we sit at the Bema seat watching our wretched life of comfort burned to ashes with maybe a few seed pearls left to return to our Lord in gratitude for all he has done for us while our brethren who had no earthly freedom and even less worldly goods have a golden mansion lined with precious jewels made even more glittering by the Lord’s testing flame. They have endured the fires of the world, the flesh and the devil thus their life’s works endure forever.

May we start today to rectify the disparity between us and them though I fear we have waited so long that we may not be able to pass much further from a tinderbox shack to a silver pup tent. Glory to them and woe unto us! Let us repent and may God grant us the opportunity to restore the years that the canker worms and moths have wasted. Maranatha!


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