The broken ribs were a painful reminder as the man ate his morning rice and reviewed a mental list of projects for the day. He had to go to work at the factory, of course, or risk another questioning that could lead to more broken ribs.
But after work, he would ride his bike to the launderers at the river. Two women there had sent word that they had questions about Jesus. Afterwards, he would cycle up the bank to the house church to help with the rebuilding since the fire a month ago. Then the Bible study under the bridge after sundown. Lastly, he’d return to an empty house—empty only because his wife was still in prison for sharing the gospel with the women at the river. (Inspired by themes in Dark Liaison, a Christian Suspense Novel by D.I. Telbat.)
As a writer, I have noticed how easily I can become a recluse. This probably isn’t just because I create my own fictional characters. I think we all have our evasion tendencies at times. That’s not always a bad thing, when we need time alone occasionally.
Today more than ever, it seems easier to turn inward. We’re a busy culture, consumed with work, even ministries, sometimes gasping for air from weariness. Others want my attention when all I want to do is tend to myself.
Lately, when I get this way, I’ve begun to consider from where some get their strength to press on. How do they find the desire to seek out some sort of ministry involvement on the side, besides regular fellowship in a church?
I’ve concluded that desire for ministry begins with discipline.
There are hurting people who leave their own comfort zones to reach others for Christ in small ways. We can find these people without searching too hard. Many have less than I do, but they do so much more.
When I need inspiration of modern examples of zeal, my mind goes to Christians in foreign lands who should be living in fear, and yet they aren’t. They take on the tasks before them, trusting God for their strength and guidance. Their kind of dedication speaks to my heart.
Something to ponder – do you ever wonder if a little persecution in America would change the way we live and what we choose to do with our time? Would we then take more action for God? Choosing action and discipline is up to each of us.
Check out the Voice of the Martyrs website. It focuses on the persecuted Christian in foreign lands and shows ways that we can be involved.
See you in the field!
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