Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.
Such commitment to Lord Jesus! They have already learned the joy of enduring suffering for Christ. They consider themselves blessed to have suffered for the Name by which all are saved. O for the strength to look upon suffering as a blessing. O for the faith to follow Jesus with such resolve and such resilience. O to get over ourselves enough to serve Jesus with our whole lives regardless of the cost. Holy Spirit, fill us with this courage and strength.
Every day people all over the world give their lives for the Truth. They refuse to surrender their faith to evil regimes who serve the enemy of our souls. They look death in the face and say, ‘It is a blessing to suffer for my Lord’. I’m not sure I truly understand such resolve nor do I know the deep joy that comes from facing such opportunities and faithfully acknowledging Lord Jesus. May God bless these courageous souls with eternal blessings beyond our comprehension. May those who follow them know the deep joy and strength that comes from sacrificing one’s life for the glory of God. May we in nations where pleasure rules the day and suffering is rare be shown mercy for our lack of resolve and be given the internal strength of Christ should we ever face such persecution.
“What kind of joy is this
That counts it a blessing to suffer?
What kind of joy is this
That gives the prisoner a song?
What kind of joy can look death in the face
And see it as sweet victory?
This is the joy of a soul that’s forgiven and free!”
Steven Curtis Chapman