Welcome to Telbat’s Tablet, Reader Friends! Christian Author David Telbat here with a page from my Recent Research and another type of challenge for us to live for God. We talk it, we may even crave it, but are we willing to experience the fellowship of…suffering?
A Widow of Conviction
Not long ago, I asked you a SFC [Special Forces Christian] question in my post, “How would you respond to torture?” For my book research, I’ve been reading up on the history of Christians suffering for Christ. Martyrs are nothing new of course, but we in comfortable and often compromising America, sometimes forget that Christians are suffering for the sake of Christ right now.
From Justo L. Gonzalez’ book, The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1 (aff), pg 46, we find the following about a Christian woman during the second century:
“Felicitas was one of the consecrated widows, that is, women who devoted all their time to work for the church, which in turn supported them. Her work was such that some pagan priests decided to put an end to it by accusing her before the authorities. When the prefect tried to persuade her, first with promises and then with threats, to abandon her faith, she ensured that he was wasting his time, for ‘while I live, I shall defeat you; and if you kill me, in my death I shall defeat you all the more.'”
Strength and Passion
Felicitas was eventually condemned to death, she and her seven sons, executed in various parts of the city. Such was her faith that her whole family was executed since they had been influenced by her conviction. She is a testament of God’s strength to remain pure under pressure from the world.
Have you ever suffered or been ridiculed for the sake of Christ? Some of you may be suffering now from the world’s ridicule. We should not be surprised. (II Timothy 3:12) Ours is a worsening society, and true believers stand out by deed, if not by word. Don’t think about persecution. Think about passion. Once you’re in the trenches, all you can see is the SON, anyway.
May the Lord give you His strength to endure, as He did for Felicitas.
See you in the field,
COMING UP: Next Friday we have Part II in David Telbat’s continuing “5 Challenges that will Change your Life.”