Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
Matthew 16: 24 – 25
During World War 2, there was as a Catholic priest, Maximilian Kolbe, who was incarcerated in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz because of his Christian faith. One day, he asked the guards for him to swap places with a Polish soldier, a family man, who had been selected and condemned to a starvation cell because a fellow detainee had escaped.
Father Kolbe took the soldier’s place and, although many around him in the cell died, he survived the ordeal without food and water for two weeks, remarkably praying and singing hymns throughout, only to be killed by lethal injection by the guards.
We are highly unlikely to be asked to give up our life because of our faith but we are asked to ‘take up our Cross and follow Him’ with commitment and conviction.
Prayer: Father God, we thank you for our faith. Help us Lord, during the more difficult days of following you, to be bold and faithful in choosing following you.
Action: Can you think of a time when you were under attack for your Christian faith? How did you feel and how did you cope?