"Although you have been forsaken and hated, with no one traveling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations." Isaiah 60:15 NIV
I heard recently that a mother was convicted of child neglect for taking her child to church too much. While I don't have enough details to comment intelligently, I must say that the story, even in caption alone, doesn't surprise me. We are living in a day where it is now "okay" to push Christians around. Gone are the days when pastors are among the most respected members of our community. Now, many don't look for a pastor until they need someone to do a funeral. (Isn't that strange how they come in handy in times of real need?)
Jesus said the days would become like this. We shouldn't be overly shocked.
The good news is that our days on the persecuted side are numbered. One day, at the side of Jesus, we will reign with Him! We will mount our horses, beside that Rider whose name is Faithful and True, and we will proclaim the King of kings and Lord of lords for all generations! Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father. We who are with Him will be changed! We will be like Him, even in all of His glory!
Our mortal selves will give way to immortality! Our broken bodies, our bruised egos, our damaged spirits will be renewed. We will receive our glorification; our Heavenly reward. There remains for the Christian that Sabbath rest! We will hear those words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant!" We will see our Savior, place our hands in His nail scarred hands, and let Him lead us into eternity!
We are on the winning side! Hold on a little longer! Redemption draweth nigh!
Even so, come Lord Jesus! (Quickly!)
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