Greetings Readers and New Subscribers! David here. The first three quotes that follow are from past newsletters of Voice of the Martyrs: a call to defy fear, physically and spiritually, and to serve Christ today. The last quote is something I thought was fitting to complete this post. Sometimes we are inspired when we see what others are doing for Christ.
Quotes to Inspire Zeal for Christ
1. “I would rather go to prison for three years for doing something for Jesus than sit at home and do nothing for Him.”
This was said by Chinese Christian Gao Feng to his friends when he returned home after a three-year prison sentence. Men like Gao Feng inspire me. How simple it seems to him to serve God! He’s willing to undergo horrible living conditions and physical “rehabilitation” treatment to share the message of Christ. Do I have that kind of zeal for God? How might I gain it?
2. “Jesus calls us to go. He did not say we will come back.”
This is a quote by Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of Voice of the Martyrs. For Christ, he was tortured on and off for years. He was called home on Feb 17, 2001, his calling on earth fulfilled.
Serving Christ often comes with a price. With a prayer, we can look that price in the face and say, it doesn’t matter; the Truth is worth it!
3. “Staying active is what brings about miracles.”
A Colombian Bible smuggler, called “Rolo,” made this statement. Once a FARC militant, he now risks his life to carry Bibles and radios preset to Christian stations to mountain villages and soldiers. Sometimes, he has only enough fuel for his canoe to go upriver. He’s been stopped at roadblocks, threatened, and captured. Do you think this man has witnessed miracles? Yes, because he’s active. The biggest miracles he sees are hardened hearts changed for Jesus.
Personal action is always the best way to confirm God’s involvement.
4. “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed, and do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled.” I Peter 3:14
Not everyone is called to be a Bible smuggler. But today, even in America, speaking the truth from the Word might still get you into hot water. Are we afraid?
One common trait shared by this world’s Special Forces Christians—they are no longer afraid. Fear may have kept them inactive at one time, but no longer. Fear of being shunned by friends, fear of an uncertain future, of getting fired, even a fear of death—all these can hold us back. But that first step of faith changes everything.
See you in the field!
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY come back for David’s post, “Christian Ministries are ready!”