The say that it will be this generation that produces the most martyrs ever in the history of Christianity. I believe this to be true if only because of my work with the followers of Islam and the increase of intolerance in North America and Europe.
All in all I sense no worry – actually, even when faced with the possibility of death there might be an element of fear only because of those I am leaving behind – but I know that if this earthly body of mine is destroyed, I have a home given to me by God, not made with hands but rather will be my home for eternity in heaven.
I dream sometimes of what I would say if a gun was pointed at my head, or if I had the doctor say I had cancer and only 6 months to live – what would I say or do?
Sometimes I am bold and tell the person with the gun to go ahead and send me to glory and sometimes I tell the doctor that I do not want chemo as I am looking forward to meeting my Lord. Sometimes I am not so bold – regardless these events only take place in my dreams.
What I do have is the Spirit of God given to me as a guarantee that God has indeed prepared a place for me. In fact, I can confidently say that I will never be homeless. I also know that if I continue to walk by faith and not by sight my courage will be sustained as I continue to please Him.
Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, I persuade followers of Jesus – no worries – to be absent from the body means to be present with the Lord.
- St John’s Martyrdom and Ours (palamas.info)
- The Cost of being a Christian….Martyrdom (justifiedandsinner.com)