Counted Among Them
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him,” -1 Timothy 1:12
Not long ago in a persecuted nation, a group of believers was gathered together for a secret Bible study when hostile police officers burst in and took over the meeting. They rounded up all the Christians, and one by one they pointed a gun to each person’s head, threatening to kill them unless they spit on the Bible. With heavy hearts, each member of the group took turns spitting on the cover of the Bible in order to preserve their lives. But one sixteen-year-old girl, with tears streaming down her face, tenderly wiped the spittle from the Bible with the corner of her dress. A few seconds later, she was dead.
Throughout Christian history, men and women have given up their lives to protect the purity of Scripture. In light of their astounding sacrifices, it is heartbreaking to see countless American Christians disregarding and questioning God’s Word.
Remember, when we reject God’s Word, we are rejecting Jesus. He is the Word of God made flesh.- John 1:1-5. He is the solid Rock upon which we must stand. Everything else in this life is uncertain, but His Word remains steadfast and immovable. He said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” -Matthew 24:35. All other ground is truly sinking sand.
In this day and age where “truth is fallen in the street”-Isaiah 59:14 God is looking for courageous Christians who are willing to wipe the spit from His precious Word, no matter what it may cost them. Will you be counted among them?