Christians around the world are being persecuted, imprisoned, tortured and executed for persisting in faith in Jesus Christ. I used to think I couldn’t stand up to a challenge like that. The bravery and determination of the 21 people killed on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea have demonstrated that ordinary people can remain true to Christ to the end. I no longer doubt I will stand firm. Something in me has shifted in recent days. Dread has been replaced with quiet confidence. I can’t explain the change, I just know in my gut that God in me will give me strength to stand firm.
I hope you will evaluate your trust in God and whether you will stand. Persecution and abuse is inevitable because that’s what Jesus experienced. He told us we would face this. Let’s stand firm and not waver.