"Getting Fired" for Jesus - Avy's Take on Martyrdom

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"Getting Fired" for Jesus - Avy's Take on Martyrdom

by Leslie Ludy | August 15, 2013

Pilgrim’s Progress has been a popular movie among the Ludy kiddos for the past few weeks.  There is a particular scene which Avy, my four-year-old, likes to watch over and over again.  It’s the scene where the character Faithful gets burned at the stake for his belief in Christ.  (It is actually not graphic at all, but it shows an angry mob tying him up and setting fire to the brush around him.)  The scene of his triumphant death has intrigued Avy for a few weeks now.  She keeps saying that she wants to watch the part where Faithful “gets fired.” I will definitely need to explain to her at some point that someone “getting fired” doesn’t mean that they are getting burned alive, but in the meantime, it’s pretty cute to hear the definition she came up with for what happened to valiant Faithful!

The other afternoon Harper and Avy were both sitting on the couch watching the scene of Faithful’s martyrdom.  Harper suddenly turned to Avy and said, “When I grow up, I’m going to speak about Jesus like Faithful did, even if it’s against the law.”

Avy was quite distressed at Harper’s bold declaration.  “But Harper, that means you’ll get fired!” she said with great concern.

“That’s okay if I get fired,” Harper replied matter-of-factly.  “I’m still gonna talk about Jesus.”

As I overheard the girls’ conversation, I was quite proud of Harper’s boldness and confidence in standing strong for her faith!  Avy, on the other hand, was very disturbed that Harper would think of doing something that could end up “getting her fired” like Faithful.

That night as I was tucking Avy into bed, she suddenly started crying. 

“I don’t want Harper to get fired!” she wailed in despair.

I tried to talk to Avy about the amazing honor it would be to die for Jesus, but all Avy could think about was the awfulness of having her beloved sister burned at the stake.

Finally I told Avy that I appreciated her love for Harper, and then  informed her that simply telling people about Jesus doesn’t always mean you “get fired.”  That made her feel a little better.

This whole “getting fired for Jesus” conversation reminded me how important it is to continually count the cost in following Him.  Many of us struggle to truly live for Him each day, let alone being willing to die for Him at any moment.

Reading stories of Christians in persecuted countries reminds me how precious our faith is.  It reminds me that our King is worth suffering and dying for.  And it reminds me what a privilege it is to be numbered among the saints that “overcame…by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rev 12:11)

For a fresh reminder of the great privilege it is to suffer for Christ’s sake, I recommend reading If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim, Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrandt, and Safely Home by Randy Alcorn.  All of these books have stirred in my soul the same desire that is stirring in Harper’s (and hopefully Avy’s soon!) – to stand boldly for Jesus, whether in life or in death, even if it means “getting fired” for His Name’s sake. :)