Radical Christian -- Lord make me a radical Christian. I don't mean that I want to be irresponsible in my thoughts or deeds. I don't mean I want to be careless or inconsiderate with those around me.
I just want to be inherently and intrinsically, deep-seated in my Lord and Savior! I want to know Him more each day and I want my life and service to be completely rooted in Him alone.
I have only read excerpts from the book "The Heavenly Man", and I have to wonder if my faith and my devotion would withstand the sufferings of Brother Yun's story.
You see after being a persecuted pastor in China -- after he faced weeks of torture, including but not limited to: electrocution, starvation, beatings and having needles shoved under his finger nails. He was then thrown into a box that was only four feet long, three feet wide and four feet high.
He would stay in that box indefinitely, still the day after he was put in this tiny cell -- he prayed for a Bible. Such a preposterous idea... let alone a prayer request. Pastor Yun knew after all, that many other people were imprisoned simply for such contraband.
Still he prayed for a Bible! An oddly enough the guards threw a Bible into his cell. Pastor Yun then writes: "I knelt down and wept, thanking the Lord for this great gift. I could scarcely believe my dream had come true! No prisoner was ever allowed to have a Bible or any Christian literature... yet strangely, God provided a Bible for me! Through this incident the Lord showed me that regardless of men's evil plans for me, he had not forgotten me and He was in control of my life."
You see my friend, God knew all about the sufferings of Pastor Yun and not once had He abandoned him. In fact, God heard the cries of his heart and answered his prayer.
Would I have prayed for a Bible?? Would I have even trusted God through such a trial?? I would like to say yes -- but no one knows exactly what they will do in any such circumstances.
I do know that my God, my Lord and my Savior will be there in the end to hold
me close. He will provide what He knows each of us truly needs and... my God will "wipe away all our tears..." He will make "all things new!"
Death will be gone for good -- our tears gone, crying gone, suffering and pain gone, fear gone, hate gone, -- the first order of all things gone! For God's only Son, Jesus Christ has redeemed us by His mercy and grace, when He gave Himself for us on the cross for us, many, many years ago!
Yes my friend... One day Jesus will wipe away ALL of our tears!