Years ago, John Allen Chau embarked on the journey of being a missionary. He traveled from place-to-place, delivering the Good News to people around the world. But just recently, he was killed by an indigenous tribe known as the Sentinelese. The Sentinelese live on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal, and are considered one of the world’s last uncontacted peoples.
An old video of John has recently emerged where he implores Christians to be bold in their faith.
“As Christians, we can’t stay the same,” John said.
I totally agree with him. We can’t continue living the life we had before we become Christians. We need to change. We can’t call ourselves Christians while holding hands with the devil. Meaning, we can’t proclaim ourselves to be Christians yet live like the rest of the world.
I don’t mean to say that when we become Christians we become perfect. But rather there should be a transformed life when you accept Jesus us your Lord and Savior. When you invite Him into your life you can be assured that His grace will cover you and it will not be about your works anymore.
“We need to change,” he urged. “We can’t just call ourselves Christians. In John 4:15, Jesus tells us that, ‘if you love Me, you will obey My commands’. If we call ourselves Christians, we need to live our lives for Him and obey these commands. We can’t stay stagnant and lukewarm.”
“So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelations 3:16)
“We need to know what we believe,” John declared, citing 1 Peter 3:15.
“We either change, or we don’t believe. If we call ourselves Christians, we need to live our lives for Him and to obey His commands. By our deeds and actions, people will know that we’re Christians.”
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
He even stressed the importance of knowing what we believe and why we believe it. Because as we go to the world, people will have questions about our faith and so we should know how to defend and demonstrate it.
We can see that even years ago, John’s was laying down his life for the sake of the Kingdom.
This made me think and ponder on how I have lived my life. Too often I stay in my comfort zone forgetting that God entrusted me with the Great Commission and the Holy Spirit resides in me.
Surely, John reflects Paul’s statement in the New Testament when he was imprisoned:
“I want you to know, my friends, that the things that have happened to me have really helped the progress of the gospel. As a result, the whole palace guard and all the others here know that I am in prison because I am a servant of Christ. And my being in prison has given most of the believers more confidence in the Lord, so that they grow bolder all the time to preach the message fearlessly.” (Philippians 1:12-14)
May John’s life and martyrdom give us the courage to give our best and everything we have for His name’s sake.
I declare right now as you read this, that God will give you the courage to go beyond your comfort zone and defeat the fear that the enemy is trying to inject in you. I declare perfect love that casts out fear and boldness for you to become the person God made you to be, in Jesus’ name! AMEN.
This article is written by Le-Jovale Vallejo.