I often wonder how much I would really give up for the Lord. It is easy when you have plenty of food and enough money….but what about when you have nothing….or what about when your life is at stake? There is a great story about Christian martyrs named Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer…here is the story…
Hugh Latimer was famous as a preacher. He was Bishop of Worcester (pronounced WOOS-ter) in the time of King Henry, but resigned in protest against the King’s refusal to allow the Protestant reforms that Latimer desired. Latimer’s sermons speak little of doctrine; he preferred to urge men to upright living and devoutness in prayer. But when Mary came to the throne, he was arrested, tried for heresy, and burned together with his friend Nicholas Ridley. His last words at the stake are well known: “Be of good cheer, Master Ridley, and play the man, for we shall this day light such a candle in England as I trust by God’ grace shall never be put out.”
Now I have to confess the whole martyr thing is hard to get our arms around….but we need to look at the promise that Jesus gave to us…
Matthew 19:27-30 – 27Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” 28And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30“But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.
Be encouraged my brother….and play the man. And let us all light a fire this day that will never be extinguished! Our nation desperately needs it!
Grace and Peace, Dan