" And not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ that you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake"This at first was a little confusing as to what he was actually referring to, but after meditating on this verse and speaking through it, we realized that there's nothing to fear, even with all that's going on in this world today, God is our hope.
We should not fear man, the struggles of this life, or what tomorrow will bring, even death itself, because living a life without God is no life at all. We were pondering this and really encouraged because you think of instances where people die for the sake of Christ, and through that you know God was glorified, but then you ask yourself, what if it was me?
So in the face of persecution, if a person were to ask you to deny Christ to live, would you? Would I? And we came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth it because even if you were to deny him, you would risk losing your life and having denied Christ thus risking losing everything. Or living, but to be a servant to someone that doesn't care about you, love you, or would make your life miserable. Would I prefer serving a ruthless master or serve the true and living God.
The reality is we're all serving a master, its the matter of WHO that master is. We choose to fear God and God alone. Sharing with Paul the attitude that
"To live is Christ and to die is gain. Phillippians 1:21"We encourage you today, to stay faithful in Christ and always remember no matter what tomorrow will bring, we, as Christians, are all servants of Christ, and that our salvation is secure in Him.
Praise be to God for his loving kindness, steadfast love, grace, mercy, and our risen Savior!