After watching The Insanity of God at church a few weeks ago, I can’t forget the impact of the persecuted church and how genuine and bold their faith is. It challenges me in my faith. Reading about Paul in persecution today had the same affect. He knew his persecution would further the Gospel. He knew while he was chained up, Christians outside of the jail were growing more free and bold to share Christ because of his own boldness. He proved that he was unashamed and had no fear when spreading the Gospel. He also recognized that everything would further the gospel which gave him hope and purpose to endure the persecution.
I’m finding myself seriously challenged by that kind of faith. I recognize the security of my home and home church and how my sphere of influence is small right now. It’s tempting to use that as an excuse and just stay sheltered. But I need to realize that everywhere I go it’s a mission field. The grocery store, gas station, my own neighborhood. Instead of keeping my eyes down and getting the job done, I need to look up and see the hurting people around me because I have this wonderful news to share with them.
It can be hard in the mist of this things to recognize that our struggle, although it feels unpleasant and can be termed as bad, is not bad just for bad's sake. We need to lift our heads up and remember that others are watching us and that our struggle may end up being a testimony to God's power, grace, mercy... etc that may lead others to Christ or strengthen our brethren around us.