Is it bad drivers, rude people, or waiting in line?
Does it bother you when your team looses the big game?
Or when you just cleaned and the kids track in dirt and mud?
Truthfully, many of these little things bother me and I’m sure they too bother you.
But, do these things really matter??
In light of eternity, so what?
I heard the other night about 33 missionaries in North Korea who the president has ordered the execution of.
Why? Because they have started over 500 churches within North Korea.
In Syria, China, India, Nepal, Africa, and the Middle East, Christians are beaten, imprisoned and killed on a regular basis, why? Because they keep sharing their faith and will not be silent.
This should bother us?
This should drive us to our knees in prayer.
This should motivate us to be like them, not silent.
This should remind us of the daily persecution that happen around the world.
How quick we are to forget.
How quick we are to be bothered and worried over trivial things.
It is past time we woke up.
Past time we realized and were diligent to pray for the persecuted throughout the world.
Not that they’d all be released or even that the persecution would end.
But for the grace, strength and peace needed for them to endure and not give in.
For the families and children left behind.
Whether we like it our not, persecution is one of the leading ways in which God is growing His church.
A friend told me once while in China, he shared with the people how he would pray that the persecution would end. Their response blew him away. Because they begged him to do no such thing. For they saw the importance of persecution and suffering as the means to depend fully on God.
Yea, it should bother us that daily thousands of Christians around the world are being persecuted for their faith.
But what should bother us more is our own indifference, our own complacency and our own apathy toward God and the things of God.
Let us then learn from these and pray daily on their behalf.
For the Scripture says: 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