Are You Truly a Disciple?

Are You Truly a Disciple?

Some time ago I wrote an article titled “A Disciple or a Christian”. I tried to convey how easy it is to be a Christian and how difficult it is to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that to be a disciple you may be confronted to either denounce Him or give up you life. Of course that is paraphrased but that was His point. I have often wondered if I could truly give up my life in the name Jesus Christ. Of course we all would like to think we could, but could we?

There is right now someone who is being put to that exact test. In Iran Pastor Saeed was organizing an orphanage and was arrested for trying to start a revolution in that country. All he was really doing was trying to get the people of Iran to be compassionate enough to save children from the streets and survive. Yes he was also spreading the Gospel. Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen, converted from Islam to Christianity and was compelled  to risk his life in the name of Jesus Christ. After his arrest he was tried and convicted as a revolutionary and sentenced to 8 years in prison this past January. He is in the most notorious prison in Iran, noted for its brutality of the inmates. He has so far endured relentless beatings to the point he has severe internal bleeding and the medical people will not treat him because the cannot touch unclean people and as a Christian he is deemed unclean. He has been told if he would denounce his faith in Jesus Christ the beatings would stop and even possibly be released from prison at which time he could return to his family here in the U.S. He refused to do so.

My fellow believers, THIS IS A DISCIPLE! I ask that all of you put Pastor Saeed on your prayer lists. Pray diligently that our Heavenly Father will continue to give him perseverance and the Lord will see to his release immediately.

Love in the name of Jesus Christ, Gary

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