When one watches the kind of television programming in the western world or even the free world there is an exuberance of prosperity teaching. Health and wealth seem to be the by word for the day. Afterall aren’t we in the era of the celebrity pastor? Little do we fathom the pain and suffering that our brothers in the persecuted lands go through. But if the health and wealth were taken away, how many Christians would be willing to wear even a tee-shirt saying ‘though He slay me, yet will l trust Him’. (Job 13:15)
Meet the young one legged Afghan called Musa:
An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity.
Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards.
Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees. He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan. He claims he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he converted back to Islam.
But he remains defiant and said he would be willing to die for his faith.
He told the Sunday Times: ‘My body is theirs to do what they want with.
‘Only God can decide if my spirit goes to hell.’
I wonder if today’s Christian best seller ‘ Your Best Life Now’ will mean much to him if I sent it to him in the mail? No. With the kind of determination this kid has, it seems he drank from a fountain of living water. His eyes seem set on a prize loftier than material wealth that the current suffering is nothing compared to the eternal riches in glory through Christ Jesus.
Oh God give me a tenacity and a love for you that when my time comes I maybe able to say, ‘for I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’
And as my life ebbs out I would love to whisper that sweet Helen H. Lemmel hymn, Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus:
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
[pullquote]This is an archive article. Musa has since then been released from prison[/pullquote]