So far we’ve seen that following Jesus is about dying, and that Jesus promises His followers that they will be persecuted. So what’s the third reason why persecution is not a social justice issue?
3. God grows His church through persecution
God’s ways are upside-down to the rest of the world. The world looks up to the powerful, the rich, the beautiful. It tells us success comes by getting ahead of everyone else, making sure you are number one and that no-one can tear you down.
But it’s a different story for Christians. God’s power is seen in weakness, his wisdom in foolishness. Those who want to be great among us will be the servants. Life comes through death. And growth often comes through hardship, persistently obeying Christ even though it costs you.
“Consider it pure joy my brothers when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” James 1:2-3.
“We…glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” Romans 5:3-4.
Look back on some of the difficult times in your life and reflect on the lessons God taught you. What is He teaching you right now?
- Persecution Is Not a Social Justice Issue #1: Following Jesus is about dying
- Persecution Is Not a Social Justice Issue #2: Jesus promises that His followers will be persecuted
- Persecution Is Not a Social Justice Issue #4: We are not trying to stop persecution