As first-world Christians, it's hard to relate to stories of persecution. But Jesus may someday ask us to lay aside our privileges and suffer for Him. Perpetua shows us how to do so with dignity and perseverance.
Ignatius (A.D. 30-107) was executed in the Coliseum. He wrote, "I hope indeed to have the good fortune to fight with wild beasts in Rome." He reminds us that hardship and even death are opportunities to glorify Jesus.
Babe Ruth towers over the game of baseball. His legacy continues when new players are inducted into the Hall of Fame. In the same way, Stephen towers over church history. His legacy continues when new martyrs die for Jesus.