On April 18, 2007, three Christians in Turkey were killed for their beliefs. Necati Aydin was one of them. He was a 35-year-old pastor in the city of Malatya. In a country of 76 million people, Christians number 153,000. And the persecution from Muslims is severe.
It seems Necati came to his office that morning with two friends. They were ambushed by a group of Muslims, captured, and told to shout, “Allah is God!” They were ordered to recite, “There is no God except Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.”
When Necati refused, the torture began. For an agonizing hour, they were cut, beaten, and terrorized. Finally, when they refused to say “Allah is God,” their throats were sliced.
Their dying words were, “Christ is Messiah. Christ is Messiah.”
This leads me to a question. These men gave up their lives for Christ. What have you given up for him lately?
God may not be asking you to give up your life. But could you at least give up your parking spot, your place in line, or your pew on Sunday morning? Could you at least give up a little time to feed the hungry?