Nobody hopes to be a fake when they grow up. Most people would like to live authentically and yet we struggle to be ourselves. What do you do when you've lost yourself to a persona? What do you do when things look good on the outside, but are dead on the inside? Sometimes the only way to move forward and rejoin the path of life is to go back to where you left it and start again.
You can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped. You can't change someone who isn't ready to change. To offer someone a cure who won't even accept that they are sick could easily offend and might even invite persecution. And yet, as one brave woman from Eritrea said, "Jesus is the medicine of the world and must be shared."
The lives of persecuted Christians are fraught with perils ranging from discrimination, to violence, to economic devastation, to imprisonment, to death. And yet, Jesus' letter to the church of Smyrna in the book of Revelation shows us that His eternal promise to those who endure for His name's sake far outweighs the struggle.
We live in a culture that generally rejects the idea of moral absolutes. The Bible flies in the face of this and instructs us to take God's word as the source of all truth. Many Christians excel in this, but many have abandoned something equally important along the way...love.
Sometimes we view our God only as a warm, cuddly teddy bear. While He is a precious, compassionate savior, He is also a mighty force. In our new series, we'll be examining the persecuted Church in the book of Revelation (and in our world today) in order to gain a better understanding of our vast and gracious God.
How do we find the willingness to say "here I am" to God, regardless of whether we feel capable of fulfilling the task he's laid out before us? If we want to live a life of service to our King, we have to be willing to get past the discomfort or pain surrounding the tasks He has given us and step into the revelation of His glory.