Reasonable Service

I read something the other day. I found it interesting and amazing.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

I’ll skip the preliminary to the part I wanted to share, and simply put what I found interesting.

Reasonable Service:

A pastor was called up to share his testimony. He started by saying he did not want to share for fear of getting any glory to himself, but the group of underground pastors wanted his testimony shared. He told how he was saved and called to preach.

The Russian authorities found out and wanted him to stop preaching or threatened he would lose his job (your jobs are assigned to you in Russia). He refused to quit preaching even though the church could not pay him a salary and he lost his job. At that time he and his wife had three young children. The authorities arrested him and put him in jail four different times and demanded that he deny Jesus and stop preaching.

Each time he refused to deny Christ and pledged his word that he would not stop preaching.

He was arrested a fifth time, and they told him that this time they would make him deny Jesus and quit preaching. 

They brought his oldest child in and put her in front of him and told him that if he did not sign that he would deny Jesus and quit preaching, they would literally put hot pokers in both of his daughter’s ears and make her deaf, then they would pull her tongue out and cut it off to make her dumb.

While standing there looking at his daughter, and thinking of the consequence, his daughter looked at him and said “Daddy, don’t you deny Jesus for me.”

He didn’t, and they literally put hot pokers in her ears and cut her tongue out.

They kept him in prison, and after a while they brought his next oldest child in, because he would not sign to deny Christ, and stop preaching, they did the same to her. They kept him in prison still longer and after a while they brought his third oldest child in and did the same to her. They eventually let him out of prison.

While the pastor was sharing his testimony the man who had held the service noticed there were three adult families sitting together and someone was signing to them in sign language. After the long service was over he asked the interpreter if they were the pastors older children, and she said “yes”. He asked if he could ask them a question. She arranged for him to do that. The signer told them that he wanted to ask them a question and they said “Okay”. He asked them, “Are you not bitter at God?”

Immediately, three sets of hands began to move in unison and with smiles on their faces, they signed “It was just our reasonable service”

This reminded me of reading the Foxes Book of Martyrs.

The seriousness of following Christ is SO evident in these testimonies along with the  one in this post. It does show me that we are extremely unaware of what being persecuted for our faith REALLY means here in America.

Whenever I read these it gives me a jolt of the reality of my faith. Whom I service, and the seriousness of where I should stand with Jesus Christ.

I am moved with awe at the child who said “Daddy don’t deny Jesus for me.”  What faith! And the faith of the father to watch and yet continue in Jesus.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

I serve such an awesome and mighty God, that NOTHING could compare to HIS love, His grace and just really HIM. To deny Him is to lose everything. Every meaning to life would be pointless without my Savior, Jesus Christ.  I am whole, filled with Hope, because of Him.

 

Comments

  1. says

    Oh my! I pray God never puts me or my children in a position that challenges our faith this way. BUT if we ever are, I pray he gives me the same kind of strength these girls — and their father — display. For all our Lord does for us, standing firm seems only reasonable.
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    • says

      Totally agree! I don’t want to ever be put in this situation. But,I do as well, pray for the same strength if put in this situation.

    • says

      It is a true test that’s for sure. I don’t want to ever be in this test either, but if I am, I pray for the strength, because I do not want to deny Him. Really got me thinking a lot about my life after reading it.

    • says

      Completely! Really put things into prospective for me. As it was when I read the Foxes Book of Martyrs. I actually stopped reading it because I couldn’t handle it anymore. Makes my life seem so easy.

    • says

      I know now, at this moment, I would not be so brave, but I do know, He will give the strength when it is needed at the time needed. :)

  2. says

    May we all strive to have that kind of devotion. All of your words give me strength and remind me of the love I have for my savior. thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Your welcome! It’s interesting, because reading these can seem so sad, and yet they are SO amazing and faith building. What devotion to Jesus. What faith, hope and love. Would love to meet this family. Someday, we will. ;)

  3. says

    Wow…that is in my mind, the ultimate test of faith. Hurt me all you want, but I’m not sure I’d be strong enough in faith to allow my children to be hurt. That’s one of the reasons I’m so ashamed of my sinful nature, because God made the ultimate sacrifice for my dirt and flaws. It’s with a humble heart I look up to the Creator with praise and gratitude. I know the Bible stories of people being persecuted and killed for their faith. I also know God is a God who loves. Is allowing one of His precious children to be harmed for the sake of faith really a part of His plan? Or did He ultimately bring good from satan’s attack? I like to think it’s the latter.

    Always love visiting here Sara!
    ~Rosann

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