Afternoon Meditations for the Employed: Persecution
Hello fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, I wanted to talk to you about how glorious it is that we are persecuted in the name of the Most High. If you are persecuted at all, praise His Name because it is a sign that we are TRUE Christians!
The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
You may know me. I like to preach the Good News to everyone I meet. Whenever someone listens to what I say, I know that God put him or her in my path to receive the seed that is His Word. But every once in a while, I run into a so-called ‘atheist’ who completely rejects what I say and turns around and criticizes what I am telling him.
Yes, my friends, there are actually people out there who not only know of His Holy Word, but reject it outright. This is when you can take comfort in the words of Jesus Christ Himself, when he said in Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.”
By telling people that they are wrong to not believe in God (and Jesus Christ in particular), or invoking His name publicly every time I find an empty parking spot or anytime I narrowly avoid danger; I am helping people. But when people try to prove that what I am saying is false, they are attacking a belief that is inside my head. Hence, by criticizing or attacking my beliefs (which are in my head), they are in effect persecuting me.
So, take comfort Christians. We know the Truth. These poor nonbelievers have been deluded, either by the Devil, or as 2 Thessalonians 2:11 says, God Himself! “For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe a lie.” Hallelujah!
God knows what’s going to happen in the future. In fact, He’s willing to make sure that what He says will happen will come to be by deluding certain segments of His creation so that they won’t believe in Him, making it easier for us Christians to realize that we are being persecuted by those who were deluded by God Himself.
It’s so simple.