As I read the “Open Doors” e-newsletters I receive each month http://www.opendoorsusa.org/ (about persecuted believers) I am painfully reminded that all over the world my brothers and sisters in Christ are put on trial for being a Christian—some imprisoned, others executed. That’s something none of us wants to think about. I can tell you, quite frankly, I do not look forward to receiving these Open Doors updates. It's painful, but I know I must not forget those who are suffering for Jesus: in ways I can't (don't even want to) imagine.
But what if we were in such a circumstance? What if you were taken before the Court to determine if you are ‘one of them.’ Other than your own testimony, would the judge examine your life—your conduct, your affiliations, your lifestyle— and say, “there isn’t enough evidence to convict you”?
Has anyone in your workplace or neighborhood acted surprised when they found out you were a Christian? There should be evidence/proof— that Christ is living in us. Jesus called it "fruit" (John 15)—confirmation that you are indeed a Spirit-filled Christian. “By this My Father is glorified: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8).