Tarek El Mahaba July Issue - Page 43

Worthy of the Calling "I,therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the callingwith which you were called." (Ephesians 4:1). Ourbeautiful church is a church of martyrs. Saint Paul the apostle is an obviousexample of faithfulness to the Lord Jesus. After Saint Paul converted t o C h r i s t i a n i t y, the Holy Spirit worked in him. He proclaimed the good news ofChrist and testified to the Lord Jesus in many countries. He also wrote some ofthe basis of Christian faith in fourteen epistles. Some of these epistles were written while hewas in prison because of his faith. He concerned for the salvation of others.Saint Paul endured great suffering. How great were the sufferings which SaintPaul endured because of his love for the Kingdom of God? They were written inhis epistles. Nero seizedhim, tortured him severely, and cut off his head. While Saint Paul was walkingwith the executioner, he met a kinswoman of the Emperor who had believedthrough him. She walked with the saint weeping. He comforted her and asked herfor her veil. He wrapped his head with it. The executioner cut off his head andleft it wrapped in the veil. The executioner met her on his way back, to hisastonishment, he found the veil again in her hand. He believed on the LordChrist. Up tonow, many Christians when they get the choice either to stay Christian and getkilled or to leave Christianity and save their 43 lives, they choose to be killedrather than leaving the Lord Jesus. One day, a Christian group decided to takea bus from Minya to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor. People withguns forced the driver to stop the bus claimingto be security officers and ordered the passengers to get out of the bus. Then,they separated the men from the women and children, and instructed them tosurrender their mobile phones. They told the men to recite the shahada. Whenour heroes refused, the gunmen opened fire. in Tanta, blood covered benches inside SaintGeorge church when a bomber slipped past security measures and blew himself upnear the altar. May the Lord Almighty help us all to be worthy of thecalling through the intersessions of these great saints.