During one of my interviews in Denver, the interviewer shared how the leader of their organization was recently in China and when he left the Chinese pastors told him they were praying for persecution for the American church. He asked them why they would pray for persecution, and they answered because it will end the luke-warm state your believers are living. Is persecution coming to the American Christian? Do you feel the winds shifting in America? Allow me to share what happened yesterday on our trip.
We were having breakfast with Greg’s parents at a lovely restaurant where the owners had several inspirational, Christian sayings on the walls. After breakfast Greg and I asked if we could meet the owner so we could give him a signed copy of Nourishments. The hostess seemed hesitant and wanted to clarify exactly why we requested to see the owner. Hmm. He finally came over, and we thanked him for his boldness; one of his quotes even had the Name of Christ in it. His shoulders sank, and he began to tell us how much our encouragement meant to him; that lately people were attacking him because of his quotes. He said those who disagreed were becoming aggressive and mean. The hostess was behind him shaking her head in agreement. Are you kidding me; this café owner cannot post inspirational messages without getting beat up (not physically of course, at least not yet).
Will you ask Abba Father how He can work through you to encourage your brothers and sisters fighting the good fight? Will you ask Him to show you how you can use your voice for Him today, tomorrow, and the next day? Will you be a little nuts for Him?
Remember even Jesus’ family thought he was crazy when He started using His voice. It is almost comical to read Mark 3 when Jesus started performing miracles of healing and began attracting a crowd including those who said He surely must be possessed by a demon. When His family heard of all this they promptly showed up to collect Him, telling those around Him, “He must be out of His mind."
Although His family thought He was nuts, they eventually came to believe Him and two of His half-brothers wrote James and Jude because God worked in their lives. God is working in the lives of those around us who do not believe in Him so don’t give up. We are called to open our mouths and God will open their hearts.
Good bye for now…by the way did you know good-bye is old English for God be with you?