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Acts 5:39-40… And when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
Today’s post was written by one of our sisters and guest contributors..Anya Harrison. We pray that it will stir you to an uncompromising walk with Jesus.
One of the questions that continuously bombards my thoughts is: Am I willing to suffer shame for Christ Jesus? Jesus knows the times in the past I have compromised His truth for acceptance; the times I have bid “God speed” to those who do not abide in the doctrine of Christ (1 John 1:10); the times I have silently loved and not openly rebuked, permitting the demise of my sisters and brothers in Christ (Proverbs 27:5)…O wretched man that I am! (Romans 7:24).
As the world becomes darker there will be many instances where we will be called upon to speak truth in the face of death. Those little instances of shame I mentioned would share no comparison.
Just as David was prepared by God to face the ‘little’ things such as bears and lions before he faced Goliath (1 Samuel 17:37), so too must we use the minor occasions of shame to prepare our hearts and posture for the future giants.
The Lord suffered for our sake. Despising the shame He endured the cross for our sin. Yet we continue to “deny” Him before men. Whosoever shall deny Jesus Christ before men, him will He also deny before His Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 10:33). Like the apostles, do we count ourselves deserving to suffer shame for the name of Jesus? Do we rejoice in those moments?
Consider today your walk with our Lord. Regard your willingness to take beatings for Christ. Mull over your call as a child of the Risen Lord. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps…(1Peter 2:21)
Beloved, today, suffer the shame for Him!
By Anya Harrison