WHAT mATTERS – Are you willing to be a martyr?
Last week we looked at Acts 1:8 …and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Then, it was affirmed that this is a command to be witnesses, a statement of fact that we are witnesses and a promise that we will be witnesses. We know these things, yet we struggle sometimes to fulfill God’s will for us to witness. Why is that?
Witness and martyr. We don’t usually associate these two words together, separating witnessing, as in telling someone about Jesus, from martyr, as in being killed for refusing to renounce the Lord Jesus. However, it is no accident that the Greek word “martus” is translated as both “martyr” and “witness” in English. Jesus is the ultimate martyr for our sake and rightly called …the faithful and true witness.
How willing are we to be martyrs for what we believe, if that means giving our lives for being a witness of Jesus? Few of us will be called on to physically die for our faith (though many have been and will be) but we are called on to die to self every day for our faith. Dying to self entails not doing what our flesh desires and doing what the Holy Spirit desires of us. He will lead us to testify of our relationship with the Lord Jesus.
We conclude then, that to be a witness, is to also be a martyr. Sometimes physically, always spiritually. What matters is, are you willing to let the Holy Spirit witness through you that Jesus paid for the sins of the world, was buried, then rose from the dead to give eternal life to all who will believe it? Are you willing to be a martyr?
 Revelation 1:5, 3:14
 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 4:11; Galatians 2:20
 Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4