Today, during my Bible reading, God just hit me with the truth of His Word. Have you ever found yourself trying to gain the courage to be a light to someone that you know needs Him? Have you found yourself afraid of what others might think of you if you speak the truth? Join the club! How often I fail at going into all the world and preaching the Gospel (paraphrase of Mark 16:15). We are not called to live comfortable “Christian” lives. By this I mean: we go to church, talk to our Christian friends about how we want to be a light, sing songs (but not too loudly, because we do not want even our Christian friends to judge us), read our Bibles every now and then, but never really make the dive to fully commit to Jesus Christ. We are called to live our lives with eternity in mind. It is not always going to be a pretty life! Just think though, it is going to make living in paradise so much more worth it.
Friday, our courts made a decision to step completely outside of what the Bible commands and their decision both terrifies me and also encourages me. It terrifies me, because I know that I will get more persecution when I speak up about Christ and what I believe the Bible teaches. But on the other hand, it encourages me in my faith. It helps me to know that I really need to commit to Christ and know what His Word says! Matthew 10:16 says, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” I do not know about you, but that encourages me. Jesus knew the times we would be facing. Think about what Jesus endured for us…now that’s persecution. Normally, what we encounter when we speak up for the cause of Christ is some ridicule and mocking.
Jesus’ words to His disciples (that still apply to us) were, “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:26-28, my emphasis added in italics) He knew we would have fear, but He encourages that our lives are to be lived for eternity. Think about those friends again that you know need a savior… Now think about the one (Satan) this passage is talking about who is able to destroy both their bodies and souls… Do you think that their souls are worth maybe a little ridicule or even some persecution? You might even be rejected. That’s okay. Still be that light! Their souls are worth the risk! Who knows, you might be thanked for speaking truth into their life! Maybe they have been praying that God would send someone and you are the person that He sends.
Jesus came for those that were sick and lost (paraphrase of Matthew 10:6, 8). Go; reach out to those that you encounter that are lost and in need of a true savior! Do not let man’s opinions or rulings stop you from being beacons of light. God is backing us when we go out and are lights for Him. Yes, we might have to endure some hardships here on this earth, but the ultimate glory will be when we reach heaven’s shores. Let these words of Jesus Christ sooth your soul and give you the extra strength and courage that you need to go be that light. “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12, my emphasis added) My heart is encouraged and ready to go fight the good fight! I hope yours is too! Go be that light!