Last weekend we had the privilege of attending the Voice of the Martyrs conference in Oklahoma. It was very encouraging, challenging, and sobering to hear from Christians who have lived under the persecution that we have only heard of. But more encouraging than just hearing their personal stories was hearing their excitement for the church and the way that God was growing the church in their country.
I particularly remember one couple from the Middle East. She was wearing the full garb of their country to hide everything but her eyes. Her husband also had his face completely covered. Due to security reasons, their names were changed. They both faced persecution on a daily basis. They told stories of believers in their country who were in great danger because of their faith. But he did not focus on this as much as the growth of the church. His excitement over the church was amazing! They were not focused on the constant danger and persecution, but on how God was building His church!
Lately I have been thinking about if in my own life, if God is really enough. I want to be at the point where things don't matter, my life and safety don't even matter, and God is brining me to this point. It was very encouraging for me to see believers who really know this. They know that their lives and safety are nothing compared to knowing and serving God. One Palestinian Christian told of how they kept water buckets in the front of the church so that they could put the fire bombs out and then continue the worship service. These believers really know that Jesus is enough! They continually put their lives at risk to worship God and to spread His name! I am thankful for the opportunity that we had to listen to these Christians who have a deep conviction that Jesus is enough.
Who Are We
We should be jealous. . . for the honour of His name – troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored, indignant when it is blasphemed. And all the time anxious and determined that it shall be given the honour and glory which are due to it.” John Stott