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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: The Reward of His Suffering
By Julia May


The Reward of His Suffering

I heard a story recently that grabbed hold of my heart and caused me to be ashamed of my own shallow Christianity. It is a true story about two young men who lived long ago in another country who were so sold out to God, they sold themselves into slavery. They had heard of a place that slave-traders owned and worked the land by the hands of the natives who lived there. These evil traders would not allow missionaries anywhere near their slaves. So the two brave missionaries (incognito) sold themselves as lifetime slaves - to preach the gospel.

The young men were to travel on a ship to a small island where three thousand natives lived who had never heard the name of Jesus. Their lives were to be totally in God’s hands - they knew not what the future held for them. They could be shipwrecked or even killed by the natives when they arrived at their appointed destination. But it did not matter to them. They only knew that Jesus was worthy of their service. Theirs was a mission of winning souls for heaven. The calling was on their hearts and there was no turning back. They were doing this for the Glory of the Holy God.

All of their loved ones came to the harbor on that cold, dark cloudy day to see them off as they took their voyage. Their families were crying and questioning the wisdom of this commitment. ‘Did God really require the very lives of their sons for His service? Was there not an easier, better way?’ They knew their young family members would never return for this was not a temporary arrangement, it was to be for the rest of their lives. Their Mother’s hearts were broken. Their Father’s were stoic and quiet - unable to speak for the large lumps in their throats. Pride burst in their hearts for their son’s dedication to the Lord yet they feared for the boys. Their younger siblings were clinging to them in desperation, unable to let them go. It was as if a funeral service was being held on the dock that day as the families clung to them for the very last time.

The boys themselves were a little apprehensive and very sad to leave their families - but very sure of their calling and the decision to willingly give their lives to the Living God. Without a tear shed, they boarded the ship waiving and smiling. Their hearts were lightened as the peace of God flooded them. This was God’s will for them both and they knew it, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

As the ship left the harbor the boys were still waiving furiously to their loved ones. It was recorded in history the words that one of them yelled across the ocean as the ship made her way. He said this:

“May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!”

Jesus Christ said: “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39 KJV.

These young men lost the lives they knew and loved with their families only to find their true lives in Christ and for the sake of the gospel. This is an expression of the lengths a person will go who is truly walking with Christ in every sense. It made me wonder; ‘what I am doing for the reward of His suffering? What are we all doing?’

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Laury Hubrich 02/09/08
Wow! Thank you for sharing this with us! Very powerful! You wrote the account very well. Please make sure you proofread your work. You don't want the reader to be distracted from your message. Good work!
Marlene Austin02/11/08
Good reminder that God requires our lives, no matter where we are. Nice job. :)