Sabina Wurmbrand was the young wife of a pastor and mother of a little boy during the Communist takeover in Romania in 1949. While sitting in a pastor's convention listening to one Christian leader after another blaspheme the name of Jesus, she asked her husband, Richard, "Will you not wipe the spit from the face of Christ?" He pointed at the Communist officers in the front row and told her that if said anything that they would kill him. Sabina quickly replied, "I would rather be married to a dead man than a coward." That was the encouragement he needed. He stood up and reminded the 4,000 delegates that their duty was to glorify God and Christ alone.
Didn't Sabina love her husband and son? Oh, yes! But, she loved Jesus even more. And she paid dearly for wanting to see His name glorified. She didn't know whether Richard was dead or alive while he was imprisoned and tortured from 1948-1956 and 1959-1964. She herself was in prison from 1950-1953, while their son survived on the streets. After her release she had to rely on the kindness of others since she wasn't allowed to buy or sell because she was the wife of a pastor. Still, she continued sharing Christ with whoever would listen!!! Jesus was everything to her and she was devoted to Him no matter what the cost.
How important is God's glory to me? Am I willing to lay down my personal joy, happiness and security to protect His precious name?
Want some inspiring reading this summer? I recommend both these books:
Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
The Pastor's Wife by Sabina Wurmbrand
Here's a link to their biographies and to get a FREE copy of Tortured for Christ.