“Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous — with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when . . .”
When . . . ? When . . . what? Are you to sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipation to find out what we must we do to be blessed with spiritual prosperity? Wouldn’t we’d be willing to do anything to have genuine life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation – even when life is no fun?
Ready to read the rest of what Jesus said in Matthew 5:11 (AMPC)? When will we become enviably blessed? “. . . when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.”
Are you still on the edge of your seat, or did you slump back in disappointment hoping for a different ending to this verse?
No one likes to be mocked and lied about. Persecution, in any form, is painful. Thankfully, here in America, we haven’t experienced near the level of persecution others have – at least not yet.
But how willing are we to lay down our life daily for those who have not yet trusted Jesus as their Savior? Notice the word “when” in the second half of the verse. If we are living and speaking out about our faith, we’ll risk rejection in our sorority or fraternity, experience damage to our reputation on the job or in our community, or suffer lost opportunities.
I admit that sometimes I choose to be quiet when the Holy Spirit nudges me to speak out. I suspect I’m not alone. Do you also refrain from sharing your faith sometimes?
What if we were to love the lost more than we love ourselves? To stop caring more about our fragile reputation and potentially-hurt feelings than we care about those who might spend eternity in hell? How would this impact our witness?
And what if we were to allow every form of persecution to take us (individually and as a church) where we want to be – spiritually prosperous, with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor?
Let’s talk more about this next week. (Are you sitting on the edge of your seat again?)
What about you?
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- What was your first reaction when you read the second half of Matthew5:11?
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