Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. – Luke 6:22
Does it bother you to be excluded from the “popular” group? Do you think co-workers or others in your class hate you, or at the very least misunderstand you? Well – me too, but I want to encourage you and let you know that God is blessing you while the world turns its back on you.
When we trust Christ and accept His gospel, it means there is an automatic target painted on our backs. We have to keep the eternal perspective in mind and remember that God’s blessings on our lives is forever and the acceptance or rejection of other people – well, it’s temporary and means little or nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Really – sometimes when we are excluded from some activities – it’s nothing that we need to be engaged in to begin with. God really does protect His children from harm and keeps us safe. We have to lean more on Christ when we are feeling especially left out. By the same token, we need to pray that God will provide a safe haven with like-minded friends where we can feel accepted and loved.
Why is church so important? It’s almost like a support group of sorts, where we are not seen as the world often sees us. Finding a group of believers where you can feel comfortable and at ease to speak your thoughts and beliefs means so much to Christians.
While we are not to spend all of our time hidden inside the church building with like-minded brothers and sisters, it’s good to have a soft place to land after we’ve done our best to share the good news of Christ with a world that does not even almost understand what we’re talking about.
At times, we will be hated and rejected in this world simply for what we believe. We profess, preach, teach and believe the full gospel of Christ from beginning to end. Our Messiah came in the flesh and was the Son of God according to His divine nature, yet the son of man according to His human nature.
He walked the earth doing miracles – doing good. He suffered, bled and died on a cruel cross as the Lamb of God – the only worthy sacrifice for the sins of every man on earth. By the power of God He arose from the grave and sits at the right hand of the Heavenly Father.
When Jesus ascended into heaven, He left us a helper known as the Holy Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit helps us navigate this life and do what God would have us do.
One day God the Father will instruct Jesus to come back to earth to take those who love and trust Him to heaven to live forevermore.
God blesses His children – even when others make fun of us, reject us, and intentionally hurt us because of our faith. It’s my prayer that you will notice less of the temporary hurt and look beyond to the eternal blessing from your Heavenly Father. 🙂