Matthew 10:22, And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
Having just celebrated those who gave their lives for our freedom, I’ve been reminded of battles around the world where men died bearing the torch of freedom for all. I’ve always loved hearing stories of those who overcame great obstacles to save a race or people. But those who are remembered for the sacrifice they made, this is one woman who is grateful.
To me, there is nothing more beautiful than a man or woman who have lost limbs in their fight for others. You see, when I talk with a soldier who has seen battle, who has been in combat and survived, they have a story to tell. Their wounds have gained them a platform. They’re credible witnesses of things we will never have to experience. Their sacrifice has kept evil at bay.
I awoke this morning thinking of the people who have endured things in daily life that God has used as a platform to help others. Those whose focus is forward, not backward. They’ve survived where most of us would have given up, quit, fell apart, thrown in the towel. These are the people that speak most in my life.
When doctors gave a death sentence, they fought for the right to live! They’re determined to make a difference in others, they use their strength to make others strong. They use their words to encourage and build up, not tear down and destroy. They will not go down without a fight!
Jesus has earned the right to speak into my life. He bears the scars of suffering for me. He never sinned, yet took all of my sins so that I could be free. He conquered death, hell and the grave, than gave me access to the same power that raised him from the dead. How dare I not use it! How dare I not do what he commanded me to do. How dare I not love! How dare I not be moved with the same compassion to raise the dead and heal the sick! How dare I not encourage others to keep pressing on!
Father, for those who have suffered great loss yet survived, we thank you. May you show them their purpose help them endure to the end. Send others to them that they might minister your grace and love. Make their suffering count for good and not for evil. Show them your glory today. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.