What Sacrifices Have You Made for Jesus?

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
August 11, 2016

jesus suffersSoooo.  Were you beaten 39 times with tremendously heavy whips laced with small rocks, sharp glass bits, and metal strips so that your back would be ripped to pieces?  Or were you forced to vacate your position as one of twelve Apostles because huge men working for a wicked king sliced your neck off with a sword, so that by the end of The Book of Acts only eleven of the original Apostles remained alive on earth to this day and age?

Or has your testimony of faith in The LORD Jesus Christ so enraged the rulers in charge that they based you alone on a rocky island surrounded by sharks, wild land animals and wind-driven storms? Well these are the prices that Apostles Paul, James (the brother of John) and John suffered to advance the Gospel of The LORD Jesus Christ!

The ‘Voices of Martyrs’ ministries quotes similar accounts of:  pastors in China who may have escaped government-set fires to burn their churches to the ground while the congregations were still in them (and yes some evil people burn churches in your country too, but seldom with people inside of them, but such acts could come to you hometown very soon); or, as that ‘Voice’ so faithfully reports, what about other pastors and church workers imprisoned for years because they openly preached the Gospel in heathen countries where such messages are punishable by long-term penalties or even death.

And what about believers in Eastern Europe, Indonesia and Northern Africa brave enough to go to church Easter Sunday mornings who are sometimes met with machine gun bullets as they leave services, dying as they hold Easter flowers or Palm Sunday leaves in their bloody hands?  Even more recently, what about the priest holding mass for a small congregation when two Muslim extremists broke in and slit his throat off.  All of these things are heralded on the news, while you are still free to come and go to church in safety?

Sooooo, with all of this “freedom” you still have left, what are you doing for The LORD Jesus Christ? Are Matthew-25-31-46you personally giving money, food, shelter and clothes directly to the poor in or near your neighborhood as the LORD commands in Matthew 25: 31 – 46 of wholesale Christian Bibles? Do you give over and above your tithes to organizations, such as Worship Center Radio, which have unique capabilities to reach people in heathen countries across the world through internet radio—and that more than the measly dollar they ask for?  Or have you purchased hundreds of Christian tracts from ministries such as chick.com and handed them out to people on downtown street corners?

“Oh no” you say, such outreaches are too personal and disquieting for you.  Then let me recommend today’s blog on earthend-newbeginning.com.  It is based on The LORD’s warning in Revelation, chapter 3: “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent (14 – 19).”

Thus as you do not involve yourself in personal extra-service for the one you claim to be Your LORD and Master, how do you define your status in The Body of Christ?  Do you consider yourself “hot” or “cold”? Or do you quake in fear, waiting for the “upchuck” soon to come?  Soooo . . . Lift off your rumpus! Get busy and go to work for Jesus.  Our time is soon running out!!

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