Counted Worthy Of Suffering Disgrace For The Name
A beautiful story of three believers who rejoiced at being counted worthy to suffer disgrace for Christ's sake - while one was imprisoned for twenty years, two gladly payed the ultimate price.
There is a story of a martyr in the church history which really touches me. While the church was being persecuted, two sisters were imprisoned because they refused to worship the idol Artemis. The older sister had already married and had a small child. The younger sister had been engaged. One day, their parents, the older sister's husband, and the younger sister's fiance came to the prison to persuade them to deny the Lord. They carried the small child along with them. However, the two sisters said, "What do you compare Christ with?" This statement was recorded in the church history and has been shining through the ages and is still shining today. Consequently, because they refused to deny the Lord, they were fed to the lions. They considered Christ worthy. They counted themselves worthy to suffer for the Lord's name. What a wonderful testimony this is!
Near the end of 1979, I met Sister Siao at Sister Chen Wanju's residence in Hong Kong. Sister Siao was en route to the United States from Beijing. She was imprisoned there. Her mother was a missionary from the United States. Her father was a full-time minister and later became a martyr for the Lord. Her sister was imprisoned in a labor camp because of the faith and later died. Her family is indeed a "glorious family." In China, she was a college student at Fujen University. She was also an important officer of the Beijing Christian Student's Association. She was convicted of being a core member of the "Wang Mingdao Counter-revolutionary Organization." When she was imprisoned in 1958, she was only twenty some years old. She was over forty years old when she was released. She spent all the years of her youth in a labor camp. What a pity it was—from a man's point of view. I was deeply touched when I heard her testimony on a cassette tape. She never cries for self- pity. She never feels sorry for losing her period of youth. She is like a pretty flower in full blossom which is left on the altar of death to wither. But she never regrets. She knows Christ is worthy. She is counted worthy to suffer disgrace for the Lord's name. Witnesses like her and the two sisters mentioned earlier surround us like a great cloud (Heb 12:1).