The (Possible) Martyr You Tuck Into Bed Every Night

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. Revelation 6:9-11

How often do you think of martyrdom? Probably (if you’re like me) not as much as you should. Why should we think about being killed for Jesus? Who wants that to occupy their minds? The answer to these questions is very important when it comes to fulfilling the mission that Jesus gave to the church to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20).

What is the correlation between martyrdom and discipleship, you ask? For us, it is this: we need to be discipling others with a view to martyrdom. Verse 11 implies that there is a predetermined number of martyrs who will give their lives, be martyred, die for Jesus: “…until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been…” And some of those martyrs may be in your local church. Perhaps the child in your Sunday school class has been elected by God to be a martyr for Jesus? If that is possible, how important is discipleship for your church? What if one of your children was one of the numbered martyrs? How important then is family worship, prayer and Scripture reading for your household? Or, for your “future martyr?”

May God give grace to His church so that we work hard to see Christ formed in each disciple {Galatians 4:19}, so that it would be said of us “they loved not their lives even unto death” {Revelation 12:11}.

A possible martyr with you,


About Benji Magness

Known in many circles as 'Rabbi', Ben-jamin is an artist and pastor who can often be seen with a scruffy beard, drinking Starbucks, listening to reggae, wearing black, changing a diaper or reading backwards. His name in Hebrew means "son of the right hand"- which ironically is the hand he would use to paint, draw or even type for this blog if he ever found the time to do so.


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