“How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality”.
Practical Christianity and trials are two inseparable lives of every true believer. Once you’ve accepted Christ Jesus into your life, you’ve put your hands in the plow and there is no turning back. The life of a Christian is a life in the path of great trials. When you try skipping it, you may fall either in the broad way or in the way that may seem right in your eyes but the end leads to hell. It was through the blood of great martyrs that the church was born.
One account of such was the trial of Justin and his friends under the judgement of Rusticus, the Roman Prefect. This was the interview between him and the Roman Prefect before they were beheaded:
Rusticus turned to Justin and said;
“You are supposed to be an intelligent man, and you claim that you know the ‘truth’ as you call it. Now tell me, if I order you to be beaten and then beheaded, do you really and truly believe you will go to heaven?”
“If I endure these things —if I don’t deny Christ — then I expect to receive his gift of eternal life. That is the promise of God to all who live in Him, until the end of the age”.
“You think you will go to heaven then?”
“I don’t think, I know. I’m totally persuaded.”
“Ah well, let’s turn our attention to a more urgent question. Will you agree to make a sacrifice to the Roman god’s?”
“No one in his right mind turns from true belief to false.”
“If you refuse to sacrifice, you will all be punished without mercy”
“There is an even more terrible seat of judgement than a Roman Prefect’s, the judgement seat of our Lord, who will one day judge the whole world. We would rather suffer now and please him, than please you and suffer then. You must do whatever you decide. We are Christians, and we do not sacrifice to idols”.
The Christians were then led out, and beheaded, glorifying God and confessing Christ.
What a great faith! If we go by the same means, we will surely attain the same end; if we pass through the same trial path as they did in great faith, we will undeniably enter that pearly gates.
Lord Jesus, please help me through the path of the trials of my life and be with you in Heaven. In your name I pray.
GOD BLESS YOU