Today’s story is about Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf and the question that changed his life. While in an art gallery, contemplating a picture of Jesus on the cross, he was moved by the question: “I did it all for you. What have you done for me?” That question led him to dedicate his life to serving Jesus. In his castle he housed fellow-believers who were persecuted for their faith. He also provided for those who felt the call to preach the Gospel.
I pray that that same question will move each one of us to dedicate ourselves to serving Jesus whole-heartedly. In our day, too, many of our brothers and sisters around the world are persecuted for their faith. Even close to home, some children and adults are ridiculed by their peers or family members for believing in Jesus. Let’s encourage each other to do what Jesus told his followers: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).
Thanks to the courage and bravery of God’s servants of old we have the Gospel. We have God’s Word in our language because of faithful followers of Jesus who risked their lives so generations to come could have the Bible. Let us follow their example of dedicated service to Christ so we also may bring knowledge of the Gospel to the next generation.
May the life-changing question that moved Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf also move us to greater service for our Lord:“I did it all for you. What have you done for me?”
Answer to the activity “Love, don’t hate”: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.