I’ve come to realize that persecution can come in all ways that seem impossible and can sometimes reveal hidden securities. It can hit hard in the place that is considered safe. But that’s what satan does; he attacks us in our weakest areas.
I’m writing this not to complain about my persecutions, for Christ warned us they would come. But I am writing this to prepare you for what is ahead. Because as followers of Christ, don’t expect it always to be easy. It won’t.
Compared to other people around the world, the persecutions I face are very small. To me, they seem hard because my society is built around being accepted and following the crowd. And I became so blind to these things, that I had unknowingly placed security in people’s acceptance.
But this is very close to impossible to win. Because as a follower of Christ, I will be different. And different is not easily accepted.
Eventually, I was exposed and my worldly security came tumbling down.
As I was suffering from these persecutions, I opened my Bible to Isaiah 53 (where I had been reading earlier in that day). And this verse was the answer to my problem.
// No matter how many times God gives me the exact verse I need, I will still be amazed. //
People are always trying to be “likable” by being “fun” or “popular”. But if this is my goal, then I would be trying to draw attention to myself, and if I’m focussing on MYSELF than I’m NOT bringing God glory. For no one can serve two masters; it’s one or the other. To live for Christ means to deny our old way of living and live every single moment for His glory.
His Word says that HE MUST BECOME GREATER and i must become less.
So tell me I’m not like everyone else. It doesn’t matter. Thankfully, I’m not defined my those things, my purpose is found in Christ. And we have this hope as believers, “that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). What we receive in Heaven will be FAR better than anything we could ever receive on Earth.
The hope that Christ gives me is true. I will never lose it. I am so thankful to say that I no longer have false hope in my old securities, but eternal hope in Christ.
In all this, I have learned that if you lean on anything but Christ, it will eventually be taken and you will fall. But praise the Lord that He will pick us back up!
One day, it won’t matter who was “popular” or “fun” or accepted. CHRIST WILL REIGN VICTORIOUS OVER ALL THESE THINGS. Those in Him will no longer be persecuted.
2 Timothy 3:12
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted