READ : Galatians 5:7-12
According to church historian and missions researcher David Barrett, 160,000 Christians have been martyred for their faith in the last year. There have been more Christian martyrs during the 20th Century than in all previous centuries combined.
In our lesson, Paul suggests that the Galatian believers can be sure that they are right if they are persecuted for their faith. Although one might argue that this is not always the case, history indicates that most often the persecuted are those who have believed in and stood clearly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible reminds us that the world is opposed to the gospel as darkness is opposed to light (John 3:19-21). This means that Christians cannot expect the world to be friendly to the gospel. When a Christian clearly states his case for the gospel, persecution of some kind frequently appears. It may be subtle, or it may be open and aggressive.
A Jewish rabbi, speaking to a group of Christian ministers, recently said that for hundreds of years the Jews have been the most persecuted people of the world, but all indications are that in the next century Christians shall have that distinction. If true, what price will we pay for our faith?
Father in heaven, make me truly free so that I can be all that you want me to be, all that I want to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.