Anna’s Heart on…
Suffering for Jesus
Richard Wurmbrand Founder of The Voice of the Martyrs wrote a book called Tortured for Christ that I recently read. This book impacted me in ways I didn’t think possible. It also led me to pray on a regular basis for people all over the world that are being persecuted and even tortured every day.
In this book is a quote by T.S. Eliot that I wanted to share here:
T.S. Eliot describes a martyr as one “who has become an instrument of God, who has lost his will in the will of God, not lost it but found it, for he has found freedom in submission to God. The martyr no longer desires anything for himself, not even the glory of martyrdom.”
This quote also impacted me a great deal, causing me to ask the question, “Am I really living for Jesus every moment of the day”? I had to say “No”! That answer really opened my eyes to see how much of my selfishness yet remains. I want to be the one that is so close to Jesus all the time that my will is lost in God’s will, complete and total submission and surrender.
The more I read the book, the more I realized that our joy comes from Jesus and trusting Him, not in any person or circumstance. The love of God poured out from these people to their torturers and captors and in turn, some of those became Christians too. Perfect love and joy comes from Jesus.
This reminds me of the classic Christian movie, ‘Gold Through the Fire‘, which we just recently watched again. It’s about a Russian teen who escapes his country due to religious persecution and comes to America to live with a host family. This film really shows the difference between genuine and false Christianity. This film has some really serious moments, but lots of humor as well.
Christian Film Database has an entire category entitled, Persecution, if you would like to see more movies on this topic.
I want to encourage you today to remember that we all go through a purifying process, just like gold does. It may be painful at times, but worth it. Jesus wants to see His reflection in us.
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