Day 23 | Count It All Joy



Read: Matthew 5:3–12

Key Verse: Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. —Matthew 5:11-12

As a wrestler I loved walking out on the mat and feeling the intensity of the competition. I got excited when other athletes, coaches, or newspapers started trash talking. I knew it was because when they stepped out on the mat with me, they were ultimately afraid. I rejoiced in the public disgrace and sharp words because I knew their terror and it gave me joy.As Americans, the last thing we want in our marriages, careers, communities, and schools is to be disrespected. As Christians we fear stepping out on the mat and getting publicly ridiculed by other people. We’re tempted to hold back or keep quiet. What if they don’t like us? Praise the Lord—at least we know we are doing something right.

As followers who take risks for Jesus, we force others to react and decide. How would it appear if we just hid inside the walls of the church, sang our songs, and acted nice at work? We would be just another nice co-worker or maybe just another friendly face on the streets. Lets be a ministry of believers who make others react—they may cheer, they may hate us, but praise the Lord and count it all joy.

Prayer: Dear Father, today and every day, make my life one that makes others decide. Please make my life one that walks in Your way, takes risks, and counts it all joy when I face trials of many kinds. Make me a man or woman after your heart.  

Other Reading: James 1:2-4

Jono Lippman | Director of Student Creative Arts

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