The ultimate price is paid every five minutes by someone who has chosen to follow Jesus’ teachings.
Jesus said to his followers, “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.” (John 15:20-21)
A Christian agency that observes persecution has released information that suggests a Christian is killed for their faith every five minutes. Christian Freedom International says that more than 200 million followers are threatened with persecution in 105 countries. This means that Christians are persecuted more than any other people group in the world. If a follower of Jesus, a person much like you, is killed for their faith every five minutes, shouldn’t we raise our concern for them? What can you do? Here’s two suggestions. Firstly, ask your Growth Group Leader to ensure your growth group supports and prays for a cross cultural connect worker (there are a number our church supports). Secondly, have a look at TEAR Australia’s website http://www.tear.org.au and see what positive, practical action Australian Christians are already taking. Thirdly, pray for our church’s Cross Cultural Connect ministries (here in our own country and with partner ministries overseas), led by Ryan Dehnert.
Head: How does the news that a Christian is killed for their faith every five minutes change my thinking, attitudes and priorities?
Heart: Is my heart moved by the great cost paid every five minutes by one member, and then another, and another of the world-wide fellowship of Jesus’ followers?
Hands: How can I encourage my growth group to support and pray for a cross cultural connect worker? How can I support the practical action Australian Christians are already taking?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my heart is troubled by the great cost paid every five minutes by one member, and then another, and another of the world-wide fellowship of Jesus’ followers. I thank you for the faithfulness to Jesus displayed by these fellow Christians. Please give me their faithfulness to Jesus where I am. Thank you for the practical action Australian Christians are already taking in some pretty tough places around the world. Please enable me and my growth group to lift our concern beyond our personal and group needs so we can support and pray for a cross cultural connect worker. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
A song to listen to: See The Man