Many Christians around the world are on trial for their faith. The persecution of Christians in Islamic, communist, and totalitarian lands is increasing at a frightening rate.
Eritrea is a good example. It’s a tiny nation of nearly four million people, situated in the rugged mountains alongside the Red Sea. In May 2002, the government closed many of the nation’s churches and denied legal status to about 20,000 evangelical Christians. In the years since, a brutal campaign has been waged in Eritrea against Christian minorities. Hundreds of believers have been imprisoned and are literally facing trial.
Most of us will never actually stand as a defendant in the courtroom, having to defend our faith. But in another sense, we’re on trial every day. The world is watching us, weighing our testimonies, and looking for evidence of our faith. Our teammates, school friends, and work associates are quick to detect inconsistencies in our lives. Our unsaved family members will be influenced by our example, whether good or bad.
Could a good case be made against you that you really are a Christian? At least four pieces of incriminating evidence should convict you of being a Christian. If you were on the jury considering the evidence against you, what verdict would you reach?
Most of us underrate ourselves. We often feel like failures when it comes to the Christian life. But remember: “It is God who works in you both to will and to do His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Jesus said that as we follow Him, He will make us become fishers of men (Mark 1:17, KJV). Only one person has ever lived the Christian life to perfection, and that is Christ himself. Now He wants to live through you, giving you the wisdom, strength, desire, and ability to shine His light, bear His name, and advance His cause every day.
Don’t wait until after you make needed changes in your life. Right now, no matter what your situation, let Him have all there is of you. He will conform you to His image as you live a transparent life for Him.
Let the world catch you in the act of being His disciple—let them see Jesus in you.
Dr. Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point for God and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. For more information on Turning Point, go to www.DavidJeremiah.org.
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