Fellow Prisoners

This evening I was challenged by the reality of persecution. This verse came to mind: “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3 NIV

That left me to ask, “What if?”

What if you had just one request that you could make if you found yourself…

– being tortured for your faith?
– working to pay off an ever increasing debt to an unfair lender?
– forced to sell your body for money?
– abandoned on the streets?
– watching your father and mother separate and the marriage crumble?
– begging for food?
– beaten up by other kids at school?
– being abused by a family member or relative?
– despairing of life because you haven’t heard the good news about Jesus?

The truth is, we are to live as if this were us, only we are the ones to run the rescue. Would you answer your own request if you had the power?

It makes me think more seriously about how badly I (and we as the western church?) mismanage my resources, when they could be channeled to make more of an impact on the world around me.

So help me God.

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