Friday, October 2, 2015

modern martyrs

Today's readings: Isaiah 66:1-24, Philippians 3:5-21, Psalm 74:1-23, Proverbs 24:15-16

Today Paul talks about how everything else in life is worthless compared to knowing Jesus. And then he says he looks forward to the day when God will make his weak, mortal body into a perfect, eternal one.

It's hard to believe that the news from yesterday's headlines relates so directly to what Paul wrote 2000 years ago. But the gunman in Oregon yesterday lined up the students, asked what religion they were, and the ones who said they were Christians got shot in the head.

That's called "the ultimate test". And it's hard to know for sure what you'll do when you face that ultimate test. It's a good thing to pray about, that if God sees fit to honor us with a martyr's death, that we are strong enough and brave enough to face it.

But when we listen to Paul's advice, it points us in the right direction. EVERYTHING else in life is worthless compared to knowing Jesus. And we look forward to the day, maybe tomorrow? When He transforms our weak, mortal bodies into perfect, eternal ones.

Thank You, God, for being there at the end of everything, waiting for us.

1 comment:

julie reedy said...

My thoughts exactly. I hope that thru the pain and loss that the families are going thru......there comes a pride of their children who stood up and said they were Christians.