Becoming Like Him

…becoming like him in his death,” Philippians 3:10

I realize it’s neither a pleasant nor an upbeat subject, but have you ever thought of what it would be like to be martyred for what you believe in? Have you ever heard the stories or seen the footage of Believers around the world who have had to suffer unbelievable injustices at the hands of their enemies and in the end say, “the Lord is Good. Blessed be the Lord.”

I’ve seen and heard it too and have wondered what it would be like. Would I be able to handle it? What would I say under pressure? And yes, would I deny Him with a gun to my head?

Think for a moment about our Lord’s last moments on the cross. He could have called legions of angels to rescue him in an instant. He could have denounced His heavenly Father. He could have dashed it all and went back to heaven with the bruises and scars he already endured.

But he didn’t.

That act of obedience is a reminder to us that we may be asked to lay down our lives for Him. He will give us the strength on that  day.

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