(Inspired by John Huss – who was martyred in 1420 AD)
I go to my death singing sweet praises to the Lamb;
I breathe my last breath, saying, I love the Great I Am;
I worship the Creator, who formed the Heavens and the Earth;
I commit my soul to Him, who chose me before my birth;
I bend my knees and bow to the Lord who rules above;
And I truly know this now, that my God is truly love.
December 10, 1995
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
I’ll take the pain, Father, I’ll take the loss;
I’ll face the future, not minding the cost;
For You, Lord, I’ll crucify myself each day,
So in me others may see Christ, and find the way.
I’ll risk it all for little profit or gain;
Never give up hope when all seems in vain.
I’ll reap a harvest if I persevere;
When Christ is my life – whom shall I fear?
I’ll help plant the seed so others may grow;
The fruit of the Spirit – I’ll reap what I sow;
A martyr for the Lord, that’s what I’ll be;
I know I can’t lose – in Jesus is victory!
September 7, 1993
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Revelation 12:10-11 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Personal Testimony: When I wrote the poem above, I remember other Christians around me thought it was presumptuous for me to think I could ever be a martyr for the Lord Jesus Christ and for my faith in Him, but I do know two facts:
- If you don’t LIVE for the Lord, you could never DIE for the Lord.
- Like many precious believers in the past, God promises to give grace to His children that He calls to die for His name. So if I am ever called to do so, my God is still the same as He was through all the ages of the past. Just like He gave those faithful martyrs His Spirit to work in and through them, gave them the words to speak (as He promised in Mark 13:9-13), and the strength to be faithful to Him and to die for their faith in the Saviour, so too will He give me the strength and faith to do likewise, if He so wills.