Do You Expect Respect?

Please Read Matthew 10:22

I get a little sad when I hear people say they expect respect from others. I especially am saddened when professing believers say this and even demand respect. I feel sorry for them because I know if their view never changes they cannot serve Christ. Jesus said that EVERYONE will hate his disciples because of him. So how could a true follower of Jesus expect or demand to be respected by all? That's not realistic thinking. Jesus also said the one who endures (or accepts) persecution to the end is the one who will be saved. Hence, can we accept being disrespected for the name of Christ? (Acts 5:40-42)

WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE BLESSED

Please Read Matthew 5:10-12

You and I have a choice: Do we want to be respected by people, or be blessed by almighty God? We can't have both. Jesus said, “Blessed are you,” when people insult you, when they ridicule you, when they lie on you, and say all kinds of evil against you for his name. That is not respecting you. But you are so awesomely blessed because this is how the world treated every prophet before you. (Hebrews 11:36-40) You're in great company. The kingdom of heaven is yours. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad when this happens to you Jesus says. This reminds me of something the apostle Paul said regarding his hardships and persecutions for the faith. He said that he took pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in all persecutions for Christ. He said, 'because when I am weak then I am really strong because Christ's power is resting upon me.' (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) Paul learned not to focus on the persecution but on what it means: “I'm blessed! When I am weak I am really strong. Because the power of Christ is mightily with me.”

HOVERING

Please Read 1 Peter 4:14

To be taunted, abused, ridiculed, defamed, spoken evil of because of your belief in Jesus is a true blessing from God. He says you're happy if this happens to you because it is evidence that his spirit is resting upon you. Sometimes we forget that. Imagine the spirit of almighty God Himself, permanently fixed, immovable, stationed, upon YOU. God's presence is with you always! That is your true blessed state if you are persecuted for being a Christian. See why God says you are happy? Who can penetrate the presence and protection of almighty God? No one! You can say, “Though I am persecuted I enjoy communion with the king of the universe himself! His angel is stationed, encamped round about me like a fortress to protect me.” (Psalms 34:7) “I may be hated by most but I'm loved by those who matter the most.” So I ask you: Do you really want, expect, even demand the respect of puny humans? Or would you rather have the blessed approval of almighty God?

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