- Matthew 5:10-12 (NASB)
Enduring difficult times takes a frame of mind which is fixed upon truth. Truth is that which anchors the mind and heart so that one may continue to do what is right (righteousness). Righteousness is that which God the Father commands us to do.
This world does not necessarily applaud righteousness. Jesus says that the world hates Him (John 15:18). Because Christians belong to Jesus, the world hates Christians too. This hatred from the world leads to persecution for those who follow Jesus. Jesus describes those who suffer persecution as happy.
The reason why persecuted Christians are happy in God’s eyes is because their reward is coming. That reward may seem far away but it is coming. Jesus tells us here that our reward is sure. The question Christians should ask is, “Do I trust Jesus’ words about my reward?”
If we trust what Jesus says in these three verses, we will keep our minds upon His truth. With our minds fixed upon the promise of the Master, we can enter into persecution being happy. Our happiness does not come from the persecution but from the words of truth from Christ.
- Pastor Randy