Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The World Is Unworthy

Hebrews 13:3, 7

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; [and] them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of [their] conversation.

Hebrews 11:33-38

Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

(Of whom the world was not worthy:)...

Of whom the world was not worthy....

That phrase is enough to make us delve into such a great mystery. The world was not worthy? Of whom??

Of men and women all over the world who have shed their blood for the cause of Christ. Who have spoken truth, even in the face of death. Who have stood firm in the face of persecution and horrific torture. While we shudder at the thought of someone disliking us or excluding us from "the group," they pour out their lives in complete commitment. They care not at all what the world thinks of them. They don't see the rolling eyes, they don't hear the mocking laughter. They don't see the swinging sword, the sharpened blades, the loaded guns, or the wood and the matches. They see only Christ.

Would that we all could have a place in this great group of heroes. In 100 years, will we be a man or woman "of whom the world was not worthy?"

"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

why not:)

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