In view of God’s mercy . . . offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Rom. 12:1)
Expanded Passage: Romans 12:1–2
Corrie ten Boom was an unlikely hero. Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, in 1892, Corrie lived with her family for fifty-two years and worked in the family business. Knighted, known and respected worldwide, Corrie was titled “Righteous Among the Nations.”
Her ninety-one-year life included joining the Dutch underground, hiding and smuggling Jews, surviving a Nazi concentration camp, and writing and speaking about God’s love and forgiveness in more than sixty countries. You may have read her book or seen the movie, The Hiding Place. Hers is a story of daily faithfulness and courageous declarations about her God.
She spent a lifetime showing and sharing about God’s all-encompassing love, God’s sacrificial Son, and God’s total forgiveness in situation after situation—impacting first one life, and then another, and then another.
It is estimated that Corrie’s underground efforts saved nearly eight hundred Jews during World War II. It is immeasurable, however, how many thousands of souls her witness has impacted throughout and beyond her lifetime. She was a spiritual warrior, fierce in her determination to tell others about Jesus.
Corrie’s knowledge came from God’s Word. Her strength came from Christ. Her tenacity was fueled by her faith—one woman, one God, thousands of saved souls. What if she had kept her lips sealed?
What would be the eternal cost if we keep our lips sealed? What would be the eternal count if we didn’t?
Remember that lives depend on God’s love being shared.
Janelle Vernon serves The Wesleyan Church as executive director of Communication and Administration, general secretary, and publisher for Wesleyan Publishing House.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.