Apostle Grace Lubega
Philippians 3:8 (KJV); Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
When I read stories of the brave men and women who suffered for the sake of the gospel, I weep for our generation.
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs gives gruelling accounts of the persecutions in the early Church: Phillip who was scourged, thrown into prison and afterwards crucified; James the Less who was beaten and stoned by the Jews and finally had his brains dashed out with a fuller’s club; Matthias, stoned at Jerusalem and then beheaded; Thomas who angered pagans in India and was thrust through with a spear; Luke who was hanged on an olive tree by the idolatrous priests in Greece.
In A.D 67, Nero ordered that Rome be set on fire, a fire that raged for 9 days, which he blamed on the Christians. Under Domitian A.D 81, any famine, pestilence, and earthquake was blamed on Christians.
The blood of these saints fueled the spread of the gospel. These were men and women of whom the Bible says, the world was not worthy (Hebrews 11:38). They were willing to die than remain silent; die than lose the next soul; die than deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
But today, a Christian sister will not pray because someone in the choir annoyed her; the pastor spoke to her unkindly or her boss stressed her so she needs alone time away from God and His demands on her time.
Paul, in our theme scripture, says he suffered the loss of ALL things. What have you lost child of God? How does your sacrifice look like when placed next to those of the saints that stood for this gospel?
I do not seek to judge you, only to urge you to examine yourself, if you truly are in this faith, because the gospel costs men everything.
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 8:18, Acts 20:24
GOLDEN NUGGET: The gospel costs men everything.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this word. I know that souls are the heartbeat of heaven and the gospel is the centerpiece of divine mandate. I repent Lord, where I have taken You for granted, where my service was not in fear and reverence. Help me, like only You can, in Jesus’ name, Amen.