However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. (1 Pet. 4:16)
PASTOR GAJJAL NILADHRI has often been attacked by Hindu extremists in India because of his evangelism efforts. Unfazed by their threats, he continues to distribute Bibles and share God’s Word with anyone who will 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 stopping his ministry activities. This time, the persecutors 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 is the only follower of Christ among his relatives. Despite the danger, he remains 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 serves the Lord without shame because his suffering results 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.
Doug Schmidt is a freelance writer and editor, and serves on the staff of his church as the director of small groups.