Scoffer is the word used to describe how people will tease and taunt Christians in the end days (1 Timothy 4, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, Jude 1:18, Acts 13:41, 2 Peter 3:3). As people choose to live a sinful life willingly, they will mock Christianity and make fun of the ones trying to live a holy lifestyle.
It is not hard to find persecution as a Christian in America or around the globe. The acts may look different, but it is none-the-less persecution. It may look like a person getting passed over for a job, a promotion, or a special project because they are Christian. It may be avoidance at a conference or even at the lunch table because the person is a Christian. It could be someone getting teased or made fun of because of their Christian faith, or it could even be rejection from one’s own family. In many countries, it is actually illegal to be Christian and people are enduring horrific treatment and dying terrible deaths because they refuse to renounce their belief in Christ.
The life of a Christian is not an easy life. On earth, it was never intended to be easy. But the eternal rewards far outweigh the temporary discomfort or pain on earth. Jesus’ death on the cross is a great example of the pain and suffering a Christian may endure. Most of Jesus’ 12 Disciples endured persecution by means of beheading, burning, crucifixion, drowning, hanging, or stoning. John is likely the only apostle that died of old age.
As a Christian, one should understand that when we live for Jesus, evil will be against us (John 15:19-20). Although it is uncomfortable to be alone, taunted, teased, harassed, or persecuted as followers of Christ, being unpopular or being counter-cultural does give us a good indication that we are heading in the right direction. This is why it is important to unite as a community of believers to encourage, equip, and support one another.
Next week, we will focus on the importance of doing life together as Christians. To love one another, equip, support, hold each other accountable, and lift each other up when we fall. God did not intend for us to do this alone. If you are not already involved in a local church or a small group of believers, please consider joining us at His Kingdom Matters.
Thank you for this day. Thank you for all that you do for me. Thank you for providing for my basic needs and the abundant blessings you provide that I often take for granted. Thank you.
Lord, please help me to stay on the straight and narrow path. Help me to do your work, even when it is not popular in the world. Help me to be intentional with reading my Bible each day and learning more about you and the plan you have for my life. Thank you, God, for all that you have done for all of human history. Lord, for the trials and tribulations Christians have endured before me, and for those of us that may experience difficulties today and in the future, please give us the strength and confidence to be bold and courageous in the face of opposition. I love you Lord and I want to follow you all of the days of my life.
In Jesus’ name, I pray,
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