The other day I had the privilege of freely going to church on Sunday to give praise and to worship our Father in Heaven. I had the freedom to do this alongside other Believers. May the Lord be with our fellow Christians, the Church, throughout the world who are not experiencing that same freedom, those who are persecuted for their belief in Christ. If this is you, I know the Lord is with you, for you were Chosen by our God long ago, for the bible says this:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5. he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Know that you’ve been adopted, you are a son, you are a daughter.
And He will be with you, even to the end of the age…
And if you are living with persecution I want to also make note of Matthew 5:10, which says: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
May those of us who have more freedom in expressing our beliefs, express it with boldness – and never hold back. May God through the Holy Spirit lift us and move us and may we always be sensitive to his leading. May we always act in love and not be blindsided by the endless number of distractions that come our way.
Jesus served right before He went to the cross. He served his disciples by washing their feet. May we serve others in love and put others before ourselves. I sometimes struggle with this, putting others before myself, especially when they rub me the wrong way. May God help me to continue growing in this area of love and humility, and to always see these situations for what they really are. A test, and perhaps an opportunity to imitate Jesus, as He calls me to do so. I want to learn how to walk more like Jesus as I follow him and his ways.
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Let’s imitate Christ in our walk today.