Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!
Christians are being persecuted in greater numbers around the world today than at any time in history. You see it constantly in the news.
But frankly, we don’t need to go very far from home to find it.
What about the woman whose husband leaves her because she gave her life to Jesus and suddenly has changed?
What about the man passed up for promotion when he no longer feels comfortable going along with less than ethical business practices because his life has changed?
What about the friends you had who no longer want to hang out because you don’t party like you used to?
Frankly I’m not talking about the obnoxious Christian who’s belligerent and judgmental and then claims to be a martyr. No their just repulsive.
I’m talking about those of us whose life has been changed and we go quietly about our new life and yet amazingly someone we love takes offense.
Jesus warned us that darkness hates light.
And I believe that truly happens when a person moves from darkness into light. Those they were close to, who still live in darkness, suddenly hate them but they just don’t know why. And it hurts all the same.
Yet, Jesus not only told us this would happen but offers us a promise.
He says, “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.” (Matthew 5: 10-12 NLT)
He promises we will be surprised by joy.
Why? Because we realize our lives have been so changed others see it. And in a strange way that brings us comfort and peace.
And we rejoice because we know that no matter what happens here on earth Heaven awaits.
I believe God blesses our lives now amazingly. But for many, because of their circumstances, all of God’s promised blessings just won’t be realized in this life. Yet he says they will be in Heaven. And that brings joy.
We can discover joy even in the midst of rejection when it comes as a gift from God.
When have you been rejected because of your faith?