Thursday, June 26, 2008

...I am a subscriber to Voice of the Martyrs extreme devotion emails. Every morning I look forward to this little bit of wisdom and encouragement before I start the new day. Sometimes they are disturbing, jolting me from any state of self complacency or comfort I may have. It is good for me to realize how far I have to go, and how much I am lacking. Here is a story I received from them awhile back. May God use it in your life as well! The young, brown-eyed girl looked up at her mother. What would her mom decide? Earlier that morning, the young girl’s mother, their pastor, and twenty-six others in her North Korean village of GokSan were bound and taken before a screaming crowd of Communists. One of the guards ordered Pastor Kim and the other Christians, “Deny Christ, or you will die.” The words chilled her. How could they ask her to deny Jesus? She knew in her heart he was real. They all quietly refused. Then the Communist guard shouted directly at the adult Christians, “Deny Christ, or we will hang your children.” The young girl looked up at her mother. She gripped her hand knowing how much her mom loved her. Her mother then leaned down. With confidence and peace she whispered, “Today, my love, I will see you in heaven.” All of the children were hanged. The remaining believers were then brought out onto the pavement and forced to lie down in front of a large steamroller. The Communists gave them one last chance. “Deny this Jesus or you will be crushed.” The Christians had already given up their children; there was no turning back. As the driver started the heavy piece of equipment, the singing from the villagers started softly. “More love, O Christ, to thee, more love to thee.” More. It’s what God gave when he sent his Son. More. It’s what Jesus gave when he was crucified. More. It’s what believers give simply out of love for Christ. They want to give more to the One who gave so much to them. In a worldly age that values giving only what one must to get by, believers set a new standard. “More love to thee” is more than just words in a traditional hymnal. It’s a lifestyle without limit. Each day is a path of discovering how to give more love to Jesus Christ. For some believers, this path has led to their death. For others, “more love to thee” has meant financial sacrifice. What does “more love to thee” mean to your everyday life?


Sierra Elizabeth said...

Hi Lauren! I found your blog through Rebecca, just in case your wondering. :) I miss you and your family so much, and wish we could come and visit, , but, since gas prices are so high, we can't afford to drive down. But, if sometime y'all are heading up to the Peoria area of Illinois, we would love to have y'all come for a visit! :)

Lauren said...

Hi Sierra!
It was nice hearing from you, Savannah has been keeping us updated on your family. If we ever pass through Illinois, be sure we will drop by to say hi!(Yes, the gas prices are getting outrageous!)But who knows, maybe we can all get together again sometime soon!

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