Romans 8:28-30 tells us that all things, whether they seem good or bad, sinful or righteous, all things work together for good to them who love God. If we remember the Israelite persecution and the eventual release from Egypt, Israelites suffered through many of the 10 plagues as well. However, their suffering even worked together with Moses to release them from bondage.
Christian, you may not realize it at the time, but the most severe trials and struggles we go through are used for our satisfaction. And yes, that means even the most severe persecution, even illnesses we may suffer. God needs his children strong for the challenges in the world.
Consider the recent news. A christian florist is prosecuted for exercising her Christian faith in her business she served a homosexual couple in love, but refused to perform her artistry at their wedding. A Christian couple that owns a bakery shop served all who would come, but refused to cater a lesbian wedding. These are just simple examples. But the challenges are getting worse. In Florida a Sheriff is being persecuted by atheist activists for speaking at a church in uniform. A high school senior was suspended multiple times for sharing Christ in Washington state.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is coming. You will be tested. What I believe is the greatest challenge to be tested is directing ridicule toward sins of our own doing. This is when one commits sin, comes back to God and is reconciled then they take that testimony to the world. The world will treat you as it treats all those it does not want to hear from, it accuses you again and again of the same sin therefore seeking to nullify your testimony. We must never relent. If God has forgiven you, if you have repented from those sins, God wants you back into the fray to fight again. If we dismiss this as truth it is as if to say God did not know we might sin again after salvation, or that He may not have known we would commit such a serious sin. This obviously questions God’s sovereignty.
Accusation and persecution is especially hard to take from those who claim Christ. It is hard to set aside to set aside the ridicule, sniping, dirty looks and overall judgmentalism of all those around you. However, all things work together for good to those who love God. They may some day come to realize that they were doing Satan’s bidding, but their sanctification is not your responsibility. That is a tough pill to swallow too.
Christian, you need to be tough, dedicated, strong and without compromise. The ministry of the Lord is steadfast in faith, unwavering and challenging as all get out. God wants to make sure we are all up to the task. It takes discipline, dedication and humility. We must shun all the things in the world that distract us. We can only do that through Christ.
If you love Him, you will keep His commandments. This is only made possible through faith. You can only be strong by testing your faith and your steadfastness.