However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. (1 Peter 4:16)
Pastor Gajjal Niladhri was often attacked by Hindu extremists in his native India because of his evangelism efforts. Unfazed by their threats, he continued to distribute Bibles and share God’s Word with anyone who would listen.
On one occasion, after knocking him off his scooter, the persecutors brutally beat Pastor Niladhri. Near death, he was rushed to a hospital and treated for internal injuries and head wounds. In the past, the threats and beatings seemed to have had the goal of causing him to stop his ministry activities. This time, the persecutors apparently intended to kill him. If bystanders had not rushed to the pastor’s aid, the attackers might have succeeded.
Raised in a Hindu family, Pastor Niladhri was the only follower of Christ among his relatives. Despite the danger, he remained determined to keep sharing the love of Christ. “Even if I die, I will die for the Lord. It is my responsibility to preach the gospel, and I will continue doing it.”
This brave pastor served the Lord without shame because his suffering resulted directly from his witness for Christ in a culture that is hostile toward the gospel and those who proclaim it.
There’s nothing to be embarrassed about for those who suffer insults, injury, or exclusion for the sake of Christ. In fact, it is a joy to be clearly identified with him.
Hold your head high when you suffer for Christ.
D. Schmidt’s previously published devotionals have been drawn from the archives and reprinted for this publication.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.