The Beatitudes Part 8

Persecuted for Righteousness

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-11

“When faith presses,
And difficulties grow,
When life blesses,
With all but scorn to know,

When people talk,
And look on you with shame,
Alone you walk,
With undefended blame,

The inward soul is tested,
Inside what will you find?
One to Christ invested?
Or one dimmed light once shined?

Hold on tight. Never let go.
Look in faith, Himself He will bestow.”

I wrote this poem a few years ago carrying a heavy weight. A weight of being looked down upon, being gossiped about – being falsely accused. There is nothing more humbling than to be perceived and talked about in a heart trampling way. Have you ever done all you can do to serve and in return be rejected? Have you chosen not to go with the mainstream flow of the crowd (even the so-called “godly” crowd) and been shamed? As Christ followers, you will be faced with these situations.

I notice that in the passage above it doesn’t say the outsiders rejected the prophets – no, the prophets were rejected by God’s people. Those wayward people of God were the ones who were persecuting the messengers who brought God’s call to repent. The people of God rejected the prophets because their obedience to God reflected poorly on their sin-filled lives. Persecution does not always come from outside. In fact, likely if you are walking in obedience to Christ visibly, the first place you will feel it will be with those within the sphere of “believer” who are convicted by your life and don’t like it. While we will be scorned by unbelievers, this is expected. What’s not expected is when it comes from a brother. There, in vulnerability of being looked down on before the body – where will you go?

Rejoice and be glad, it says? Being an obedient follower of Christ will bring light to dark places in your life and in others. It says yours is the kingdom of heaven! While you may not be given honor or respect in this world by those who don’t want to conform to the light – your promise is that the Kingdom of Heaven is yours! You are conforming to what His kingdom looks like and those that want to look holy but don’t want to give up their life for it will scorn you. So rejoice, my friend, when you walk in obedience and are rejected for it. You gain Christ in return. As this earth molds itself to its own pattern, we must continue in contrast to mold ourselves to Christ! Take heart, brother or sister, His kingdom is worth any persecution or shame you may endure. So…

“…Hold on tight. Never let go.
Look in faith, Himself He will bestow.”

3 thoughts on “The Beatitudes Part 8

  1. So very true and inspiring. Rough times have a way of bringing beauty into our lives and helping us to be more sensitive to how we treat others. Thank you for using the giftsGod has given you to inspire and help each of us. You are a precious jewel. Please write a book and include all of your God inspired treasures.


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