23And he said unto all, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24For whosoever would save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25For what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose or forfeit his own self? 26For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in his own glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels. 27But I tell you of a truth, There are some of them that stand here, who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage
Miss Dora was already traveling for post graduate studies in the West from China when God instructed that she return to China to preach His gospel. Not minding the great cost for obedience over the matter, Dora obeyed her Lord. Her story continues to inspire many, like it did to He-ping.
When a backslidden C.T. Studd was restored back to fellowship with God, in answer to the prayer of two old ladies, he found a love of which he could not let go. No longer could things of this world satisfy him; he found Jesus sweeter than all else. To do His will and to live for things that will last, became his primary preoccupation!
Wong Kiu taik was willing to forego his family for the sake of Christ.
A woman bears witness to the trueness of the faith of a poor widow from her village. She forsook idolatry, loved the Lord and didn't mind going hungry, or even starving to death for the sake of her Lord.
Wong Kiu-taik's conversion to Christianity unsettled his mother deeply, using every tool at her disposal; from blackmail, to scolding and outright threats, she tried her best to shake his determination. But Wong, having our his hands on the plough, did not look back and throughout the time she disowned him, he clung resolutely to his God.
When Chu Sao-ngan was told the one condition upon which he would be allowed to inherit his father's and uncle's estate—which if given will make him wealthy—Chu simply declared, "The property may go: I believe in Jesus, and shall worship Him all the days of my life."
When Jane shared her newfound Christian faith to the people of her village her parents were persecuted and threatened to be ostracized for such a faith.
The wealthy and cultured Hermann Ball chose to abandon his worldly advantages and pursue missionary work in Poland amongst the Jews. Prior to this, George Müller had begun to drift away from God's calling on his life, pursuing a young woman instead. Mr. Ball's bold decision helped George Müller give up the girl and return to his true calling.
Sixteen year old Abukari was sent away from his home and left to fend for himself because he became a Christian. But supported by a church, Abukari not only stayed true to his newfound faith, but had his temporal needs supplied.
The Goforth's eighteen month old was very sick, and all attempts to save the toddler from dysentery seemed futile. Death, it seemed, was imminent. But as both parents knelt down to commit the little boy's soul to his Maker, the totally unexpected happened.
Hudson Taylor was robbed and abandoned by his servant on his way to Ningpo to get medical supplies. But despite these tragedies and the resulting weariness and hunger, he was more concerned about preaching Christ Jesus to the unbelievers around.
Zhang Rongliang, a member of the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested for attending a Christian meeting. Although he was offered freedom if he would deny Christ, he prayed and received the grace and courage to stand for Christ. In the face of inevitable suffering, he experienced the joy that comes from doing the right thing.
John Paton was offered a promotion and an opportunity for retraining at no cost, with the condition that he commits to stay for 7 years at the company or refuse the offer and lose his job altogether. But having planned to leave the job at an earlier time so he can focus on preaching the gospel, Mr. Paton was bold enough to decline the offer and was thus rendered unemployed.
A believer is declared wanted after he miraculously escapes from prison where he was greatly tortured and maltreated. But this brother, stirred by love for his brethren, ignored the risks of getting re-arrested and returned to the same prison to visit and encourage them and was successful for God performed another miracle - he blinded the adversaries.
Rev. T. E. Riddle who translated Sadhu Sundar Singh's books writes powerfully about the Sadhu's many struggles with health-related problems and of his joy and undiminished sense of duty to His Lord through it all.
Mr. Kim suffered in the hands of his father for wanting to become a Christian, from emotional blackmail to outright beating. But Kim was helped by God to stand firm and yet pray for his father until the old man changed his position.
The Narrow Road, Stories of Those Who Walk This Road Together Brother Andrew, John and Elizabeth Sherrill
An Ethiopian believer was asked by his parents, to choose between them and Jesus. His bold choice rendered him homeless for months!