Yeah, so I was talking with my brothers the other day, and got pretty sad. Micah and Chrissy leave for Ecuador on Dec. 1st for 3 months, and then they come back for six months to have the baby and sell everything, and then they go back to Manta to stay and live and to plant a church. Then, I was talking to David, and he was again sharing his desire for missions, and how the only thing really holding him back is insurance so he can get his medication and stuff. And although this may be holding him back for now (which is no doubt God waiting on the perfect timing), I have no doubt that God will grant his wish to preach the gospel in foreign lands. He was saying how he really has a burden for the people in Indonesia, and how needed the Gospel is there, and how Christians are being persecuted there and killed, but he's not worried cause God will take care of him, and how he wants to go there and see the dead brought back to life, and thousands of people saved because this girl they just beheaded for being a christian is walking around again preaching about Jesus and all. I thought it was a great desire and all, but really, I don't want any of my family to go anywhere. I remember when my parents went to Iraq...I was pretty worried about them. Yeah, I trusted God to take care of them, and He did, but it's still kinda freaky. They will continue to do short term missions like Iraq and Afghanistan and other places, and my other brothers will be off doing their things and preaching the Gospel and all. And yes, I'm glad for them and excited to see God use this whole family for his kingdom and his purpose, I just worry something might happen to them.
See, for me, I really wouldn't care if I went off somewhere and got killed for preaching about Jesus, but that's cause I'm not scared to die, and I know exactly what God has waiting for me on the other side, but it's just not that simple when it's your family instead. Well, I guess it is though. They have the same things waiting for them, if not better. I was reading Romans 8, and had been thinking about the snow the other day. You see, the snow is very pretty. Beautiful in fact! It's soft and pure and not one flake is or ever will be just like another. In all that beauty and amazement though, I was reminded of how cold it was too. It's the same thing with God. "And since we are his children, we will share his treasures---for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering."
If my parents and brothers and sisters are to go off and die for the sake of the Cross, that simply means that they will share in an even greater amount of God's glory. But yes, in sharing Christs' glory, we must also share in his suffering.
Take into consideration what that might look like in your life. It doesn't always mean we have to become martyrs. Sometimes it's harder to live for Jesus than it would be to die. Phil. 1:21 "For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."