|Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your |
bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.
~ Romans 12:1
They huddled inside the room while hearing the screams of fellow Christians being butchered outside. Pastor Hendrick
Pattiwael and his wife were helping to lead the Indonesian
youth camp, and they felt responsible for the young people
in their care.
The camp had been a joyous time of spiritual growth and
worship. Then they were attacked.
When the radical Muslim mob surrounded the building
where they hid, Pastor Pattiwael went outside. Distracting
the bloodthirsty mob’s attention away from his wife and the young
people, the pastor was attacked while the others escaped.
“Jesus, help me.” They were his final words.
Ugly wounds crisscrossed his torso and arms. In shock and
anger, Mrs. Pattiwael cried out to
only days before the attack. “If you love Jesus, but you love me or
your family more, you are unworthy of Christ’s kingdom.”
He told her that he was ready to die for Christ’s kingdom.
She still works with her church in Indonesia. The advice that she
would give Christians in free nations is simply this: “Seek
God more earnestly, so that you can stand in the midst of
We don’t have to go looking for trouble. It already has our
address. Jesus often reminded his disciples that trials are
part of daily living. Seeking God more earnestly does not
mean seeking more trouble for our lives. No, the
benefit of seeking a deeper relationship with God is to
better prepare us for the inevitable. We don’t have a
choice about what troubles come our way. However, we
can choose to have a relationship with God that
prepares us for trouble. Some trials may mean losing our
lives for Christsake. Yet this is not the real sacrifice. The
extreme sacrifice must come long before. We must
sacrifice selfishness at every level in order to develop
intimacy with God ahead of time. When we have
sacrificed all to pursue a preeminent relationship with
Christ, we will have already done the hardest part.