Originally posted 5/30/10
Timely reminder in a blog post this morning by Mark Batterson (http://batterson.blogspot.com/2010/05/memorial-to-12-apostles.html) about the sacrifice of martyrs, particularly the 12 apostles. Memorial Day is a great day to remember the heroes of our country, but it’s also a great day to remember the heroes of our faith.
Mark begins his post with the statement: “Very few people can name the twelve Apostles and even fewer know anything about them.” It’s sad, but true.
I was fortunate to have a Sunday School teacher, Angie Rodriguez, who faithfully taught a small group of elementary school students to memorize scripture, learn Bible stories, and “rightly divide the word of truth.” Her passion continues to bear fruit in my life. (Thank you, Angie!)
Among the many things she taught us was this poem (below) about the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. When I read that first statement by Mark, my mind immediately ran through this simple poem. I’m posting it today in hopes that it will help each of us remember the sacrifice, not only of Jesus and his apostles, but of all the martyrs of the faith. It’s short, so I encourage you to commit it to memory.
What have you sacrificed for the cause of Jesus? Reputation? Worldly comforts? Relationships? We are all called to sacrifice our lives for His glory by living a life worthy of the calling placed on us. But are we really willing to do so?
Many others (more than we think…some 70 million according to Mark’s post) have made the ultimate sacrifice. Remember them this weekend, and thank God for their sacrifice.
And as Mark said, may we never take them for granted.
Grace and Peace,
This is the way the apostles run:
Peter, Andrew, James and John.
Matthew next, and Thomas, too,
Philip and Bartholomew.
James the less and Judas the Greater,
Simon the Zealot, and Judas the Traitor.