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“Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.  I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren.” (2 Corinthians 11:25-26)

Life in this world of rebellion is dangerous.  All the more so in Paul’s time.  Yet, throughout the ages there have been those who were willing to go to whatever length necessary to share the good news of Jesus.  To what extent will you go out to the world to share the faith that has been given you?  Will you remain silent, or will you share that Jesus has borne all our sorrow that we may live as we were created to live?

Lord, I hear the report and there are those who have gone to great lengths that Your truth may be shared.  I often sit quietly aside from what is happening in the world and do nothing.  Help me to do the part You have in mind for me that I would share and not consider the cost.  Lead me, O Lord, the way You know I need to be led.  Guide me according to Your goodness and mercy.

Lord Jesus, there are those who have come along that paid a great price with their own bodies to deliver the truth of the Gospel.  Help me to always be thankful for how easily I have received what others gave their lives to receive.  Lead me to rejoice in the company of the saints knowing I cannot know the cost which I too often take for granted.  Guide me into eternal thankfulness.  Amen.