As Christians, we are all called to preach the Gospel and help lead others to Christ.
But would you be willing to tell others about Jesus if you knew it would cost you your own life?
One man knew the cost – but was willing to share the Gospel with Muslims anyway – and just wait until you hear his story.
Pastor Godfrey Ssemujju loves the Lord – and his desire is to lead as many people to Christ as possible.
He currently oversees 130 churches in Uganda, and often holds open events boldly speaking the name of Jesus and telling others about the incredible gift of salvation.
And although Uganda is supposed to allow others to freely practice their religion of choice, Muslims have been slaughtering Christians without mercy.
After holding an open-air event where 70 Muslims came to Christ – the pastor was warned he had a hit on his life.
Pastor Ssemujju received several threatening text messages warning him that if he didn’t stop talking about Jesus – he’d be killed.
Morning Star News reported:
“I am worried and very fearful,” Pastor Ssemujju said.
He said that one of the text messages read, “We warn you to stop converting our people to Christianity. If you continue doing this, then take note that [taking] your life is our Jannah [koranic paradise in the afterlife]. After killing you, our Allah will reward us with it.”
But instead of being silent – Pastor Ssemujju continued to preach the Gospel, knowing it could end up costing him his life.
Muslims are reported to only make up about 12 percent of the population in Uganda, yet the persecution of Christians is high.
After one woman lost her husband when Muslim extremists beheaded him for his Christian faith, they attacked her home and burned it down.
Another family was sprayed with acid for choosing to follow Jesus.
One father was even willing to kill his own daughter – simply because she accepted Christ.
Oftentimes we take for granted the freedom to talk about and worship Jesus.
While secular America continues to grow hostile towards Christianity, it’s unlikely a person will be tortured and killed for talking about Jesus – at least not yet.
But all throughout the Bible, God has told us stories about the brave martyrs who have sacrificed their own lives to spread the Gospel message.
Nowhere in the Bible does God tell us we will be safe from persecution in this world – but He does promise to be with us when persecuted.
Let us take time today and pray for our brothers and sisters in Uganda and all over the world who continue to lose their lives for staying faithful to Christ.
Jesus has assured us in the Bible that if we do not deny Him, He will not deny us when we stand before our Heavenly Father in heaven.
May God strengthen the Christians around the world who continue to live for Him and bless them immensely.
Would you openly preach the Gospel knowing it could cost you your life?
Will you take a moment today and say a prayer for our brothers and sisters in Uganda?
You can post your answers to our Facebook page and join in the conversation with other believers from all around the world.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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