Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.
Reading: If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and devours their enemies. In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain. They have the power to close up the sky so that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying. They also have power to turn water into blood and to afflict the earth with any plague as often as they wish. (Revelation 11:5-6)
Observation: I left out the part of the reading that talks about what happens to the witnesses once the beast appears, but you can read that for yourself. If we choose to be one of these witnesses, we must be willing to be killed for our faith, just like all the martyrs of the 2000 years of history in the church. The powers we have as one of the witnesses, and the glory that comes after we are called to share eternity in heaven will be worth whatever suffering we must undergo at the hand of the beast.
Personification: Generosity. To display the fruit of generosity, by giving our lives to God, we must keep in mind the generosity of God in giving His Son’s life. He did this to call us while we were still sinners and to call us to conversion and show us in His resurrection that death is not the end.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the power to be called one of your witnesses and give me the strength to persevere in your church to the end. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…Amen!