“While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.'”
In Libya, Syria, Nigeria, and now Quaragosh, Iraq our family has been butchered. Christians – our mothers and our fathers and our babies and our sisters and our brothers- are dying for their faith as we read tweets and news clips about it while sitting on our cushy seats. In light of what they are experiencing now, seeing their Maker and Savior face to face and their faith become sight, these martyrs aren’t sorry for what they went through. They would not ask for our pity; they would say with confidence how worthy Christ is of everything. And He is. Would they go back in time to give Him even more? They would plead for the salvation of their executioners, to know Jesus for Who He really is – God and Savior.
And like the rest of our family we must do these things too, give Him everything: give Him more than what we’re giving Him now, allow Him to peel away the layers of preoccupation of lesser things that distract our hearts from His worth instead of remind us of His worth. Be ready to leave our cushions when it is time. Plead that ISIS would come to know Jesus whom they persecute. He is beyond able to turn another Saul into another Paul times a thousand.
Turn away our thoughts of revenge, Lord, and let us be about the work of Your redemption only You can accomplish. Shatter our love for distractions. You are our Savior and the Savior of the world! Do it, Lord Jesus, and use us. You are coming soon.