Hey guys, are there times when you feel like you’re all alone in your faith?
For me, it creeps in at work sometimes. When I’m surrounded by people who live for themselves, genuinely nice people (in most cases), who are just blind to the truth in God’s Word. Sometimes we can feel this way when simply scrolling through the news feed, all the ridiculous stories that people put so much time and effort into. Seriously! Does it really matter what color of dress Kim Kardashian wore to the Emmy’s?
It’s so easy for us to feel this way, even though we have an awesome church family and every Sunday and Wednesday (if not more frequently during the week) we can be reminded that we are not alone. Yet the thoughts still creep in. Quite frankly, not to be a downer, but I think we’re going to see this continue to increase as time goes on.
The world is growing more hostile towards Christians every day, and while we’re shielded from much of the torment by living in the United States, it’s only a matter of time before our culture openly condemns Christianity, publicly rejects Jesus, and makes an ultimatum to Christians, “Deny Jesus Christ or lose your job, go to jail, etc etc etc.” When that happens, I believe we will see many church goers fall away and the true church, genuine followers of Christ, will begin to experience persecution in ways we have not yet seen in the U.S.
In the early Christian church there was a great amount of persecution. These Christians were upsetting Jews, challenging secular thought, and changing the world with the Gospel of Christ. Of course Satan was going to come against it and cause all sorts of trouble for them. And I’m sure, just as he does today, Satan used discouragement and isolation to stand in the way of the church. So I love that in the midst of all of this adversity, the writer of Hebrews encourages the Christians with this exhortation
35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
We need to stand tall in our confident trust in God. Any taunting, strange looks, discomfort, or even physical persecution we may face on this earth is nothing compared to the Glory we will see when we meet Jesus Christ after our time here comes to an end. Check out this picture…
It’s a great reminder that it is not always going to be easy to be a witness for God. In the midst of adversity we should live our lives for Christ even if it costs us everything, even if it means that we have to go at it alone.
We need to grow in our faith today to prepare ourselves to stand in our faith tomorrow! As the world continues to grow more and more hostile towards Christians, we will often feel like the small child in the photo. At work, at school, sometimes even around family and friends, we may find ourselves feeling like we are the only one in the crowd fighting for the Lord. In these times, let’s remember to hold to our confident trust in the Lord and continue on with patient endurance in our faith.
I love you guys, I hope you’re encouraged today!