A Wealthy Man
Matthak was in jail in Sudan.
One day, his captors came to him with an offer. “We are going to give you a car!” they said. “We are going to give you a home and a job. We’re going to see that your whole family gets a good education. All you have to do is stop preaching the gospel and become a Muslim.”
“I was tempted,” said Matthak, who had been imprisoned because of his Christian activities. But he remembered that he belonged to the Lord. So he kept telling people about Jesus. Even some prison guards and prisoners became Christians when Matthak witnessed to them.
After Matthak refused their offer, the guards treated him harshly and beat him. He was in bad shape by the time he was released from prison. But he didn’t complain. Instead, he tells other Christians, “I miss the time I was in prison! I miss the worship there with the Christians in prison. I wish I could go back!”
One of the Christians who visited Matthak said, “He has been faithful, and he is rich — not financially maybe, but in relationships and in family and in blessings, he is certainly a wealthy man.
To Think About and To Do
*Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, said, “I have found truly joyful Christians only in the Bible, in the underground [secret] churches, and in prison.” Why do you think Christians in prison for their faith are joyful?
*Visit prisoneralert.com and choose one prisoner to pray for today.