“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
It’s not easy being a faithful obedient Christian these days. Jesus has given us a simple list of things we should do and shouldn’t do. However these day’s we seem to be more concerned with our reward here on Earth rather than our Heavenly reward. Perhaps it’s because we cannot see and hold in our hands our Heavenly reward. A Heavenly reward that isn’t possible for us to grasp and comprehend. A reward far beyond the realm of human imagination. We can however see the Earthly reward of popularity, fame, a large bank account, and material other material goods. None of which are by themselves intrinsically evil, but can contribute to a loss of perspective as to where the source of these earthly riches truly originate from. When things are going good, do we really remember to thank and glorify God, or do we glorify our own selves. Yet when things are going really bad in our lives is this the only time we turn to God for deliverance?
Politicians are often criticized for using corrupt means to gain power and money for themselves while in office. By making promises to their people and then not following through on those promises. By doing sometimes immoral, unethical or illegal things for their benefit. Are we really any better than the immoral politician? Do we make promises of obedience to God with our fingers crossed? To we say we will serve God with one hand and serve ourselves with the other? Does our lips profess Jesus as Lord yet we don’t obey Him? If we sin we are not serving the Lord but turning our backs on Him. If we say we love our spouse and then go cheat on them are we honoring them, serving them, and being faithful to them? If we profess to be a follower of Jesus yet not obey His teaching are we not as unfaithful as the adulterous spouse?
Throughout the New Testaments Jesus in His teachings, and His teachings through the Apostles tells us all that we should do and shouldn’t do. If we are to remain faithful and obedient to Him then not only are we to live our lives for Him, but also help lead others to Him as well. We do this through both word and deed. By sharing the Gospel and LIVING the Gospel. Living the Gospel is becoming more difficult and less and less popular each and every day. Faithful Christians that attempt to live faithfully live the Christian faith are finding themselves on the wrong side of popular culture. Faithful Christians are being attacked for saying no to what is popular and easy and saying yes to Jesus and His teachings.
If you are a faithful and obedient Christian these days you are going to be called things like intolerant, old-fashioned, homophobic, a bigot, sexist, and worse. As we go further into the Sermon On The Mount we are going to see Jesus address some things that are not all that popular these days and some that are.
On judgement day we aren’t going to be judged about what side of history we were on. We aren’t going to be judged on how many friends we have, or how popular we are. We aren’t going to be judged by how successful our business was or how much money we had in the bank. No we will be judged by our obedience, our faithfulness to Jesus, no matter how unpopular it is in today’s world.
“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.