A Sacrifice for God
February 6, 2009
“Grant me no more than to be a sacrifice for God while there
is an altar at hand.” – Ignatius of Antioch
Our word “martyrdom” comes from the Greek word meaning “witness.” A
martyr is one who bears witness with his life to the truth of the
Ignatius of Antioch longed for martyrdom. Not because he longed
for death, but because he longed to give that ultimate witness
to the God he loved. He knew the cost of following Jesus and he
was willing to pay it: to take up his cross, and follow his Lord.
In one sense, we are all called to be martyrs. We are called to
be witnesses of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ, no matter what
the circumstances and no matter what the cost.
- Have you ever been
in a situation where you should have borne witness to God, and
instead kept silent? Why?
- Would you be willing to suffer or even
die as a witness to Christ?
- What practical steps can you take
to help strengthen your faith and your love for God so that you
would not hesitate to be a witness for God in life or in death?