by Pastor Ken
Keep yourselves in God’s love, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
Adrian was a young Roman soldier who became a Praetorian Guard under Emperor Galerius Maximian due to his heroic efforts on the battlefield.
His job was torturing Christians. Those persecuted Christians’ calmness and courage impressed him. Adrian, as a brave soldier, saw heroism greater than any he had seen in the battlefields. In 280 A.D., 28-year-old Adrian stopped torturing one of the Christians and asked, “What gives you such courage and joy when I torture you?”
“My Lord Jesus Christ, in whom I believe,” the martyr replied. The man’s reply moved to Adrian’s heart. In a flash, Adrian made a significant decision.
Adrian stepped to the Roman judge and openly declared: “Put my name down among those to be tortured. I also shall become a Christian.”
For the next 23 years, Adrian suffered greatly, but he never flinched from his loyalty to Christ. In 303, he bravely faced his martyrdom at Nicomedia.
His declaration, “Put my name down,” calls out to many persecuted Christians helping them to face their persecution with boldness. Today, you may face some challenges that require great courage. With Jesus in your heart, you can fearlessly face any difficulties. Never give up. Jesus knows you. He gives you wisdom and courage as He did to Adrian some 17 centuries ago.
Help me to remain steadfast in my faith as the Christian soldier, Adrian did.
Help me grow in Your mercy and witness You working in my life.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.