Matthew 5:10, “Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.” (CEB)
Greetings to you all~
I hope everyone had a restful and soulful Sunday. I had an amazing worship experience with my family and friends at church. It is truly a blessing to be free to worship God, Free from harassment or persecution. Not all believers have this luxury. In many parts of the world it can be quite dangerous to share the love of God and Jesus Christ. Loving and professing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior can lead to trouble, should that deter us from doing what is right, what is just? During this Lenten journey we have talked about doing what Jesus did, to love deeply and welcome broadly. Asking ourselves the question, “What would Jesus do?” WWJD. Jesus loved loudly, he loved the unwelcome, the despised, the diseased, the afflicted, the sinner…the marginal and the left behind. This is exactly who we are called to minister to, just as Jesus did. I’m reminded of Jesus telling of his mission to the Pharisees after He had spent time with Levi, the tax collector, “Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” ~Luke 5:31-32.
Let’s rejoice in following Jesus’ example and to not become complacent in the luxury of life, to pray for those who are harassed for their faith. And to ask ourselves the hard questions, “Am I welcoming enough? Am I accepting enough? Am I loving enough?” This season is an opportunity to more fully connect with God and if needed recalibrate ourselves to serve like Jesus. May God’s blessing rain upon you as you live like Jesus.
Breath Prayer: Surprising Lord, …help me be like you!