If anyone comes to me and does not have his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26-27
Very strong words.
Every day we’ve got to count the cost of being a disciple of Jesus. The “cross” our Brothers and Sisters in Asia and Africa must carry is extremely heavy. Our spiritual relatives in Muslim countries know what the cost of following Christ is. Sometimes it means their certain death.
Every day we must remember who we are and who He is. Our suffering relatives in foreign lands are also depending on us to remember them in prayer.
How would it transform our prayer lives if we spent two minutes –120 seconds–every day helping our persecuted friends lift the weight of persecution from their backs? Would we complain less about our very comfortable lives and be more concerned for them?
And isn’t that what it’s all about anyhow?