Before I begin, I want to start out by saying that today’s devotional is not meant to be condemning but rather to challenge you as God challenged me. So before anyone hits the comment button out of anger, maybe God is not convicting you of this as He is me, so in that case, then disregard this devotional 🙂
“Yes, all those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12.
I read that scripture in Timothy and I thought to myself I am not suffering any persecution. Why? I mean, I don’t specifically desire to be persecuted, but why am I not suffering persecution if it says ALL who desire to live godly will suffer persecution?
Then I read this scripture “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
Then I again wondered….I don’t feel hated either.
“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles…” 1 Peter 2:11
A sojourner by definition is someone that is in a temporary place. An exile is someone who is separated from his or her homeland. We are to be sojourners here, living in the world but separate from the world and living as though it is not our homeland (because it’s not). We are passing through so the question I asked myself is this…..If I am not being persecuted in here, and I don’t feel hated here, is it perhaps because I am fitting in too much here? Is it perhaps because I have become a salt that has lost it’s flavor? “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” Maybe this is not the case, but it did cause me to stop and refocus that maybe it could be the case.
You see dear sister, our time is shorter than most of us think. You and I are the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. Do you feel like you are the light of the world, are you living like you are the light of the world? I want to be so separate from the world that people recognize a difference in me. A difference in how I act, how I talk, how I dress, and the character that I display.
Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we forget our purpose here. It is to glorify God in all that we do and to share His love with a lost and dying world. In order to do that, we need to be willing to swim upstream. The wages of swimming upstream is persecution. So ask yourself this, if you aren’t being persecuted, is it because your just floating around, keeping your head above water? I want to be ZEALOUS, making a difference, and not fitting in with the world!!
Think about this quote today “When you cross the finish line into heaven, you should be worn out from the battle” We should be tired from the battle that we were in here, fighting and swimming upstream to represent Jesus in all that we do.