He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. --John 1:11
In The King's Business magazine, there was a story published once that told of a Christian fisherman who decided to spend the night on his boat. In the middle of the night, he heard a loud splash…and knew right away that the man in the yacht next to him had fallen in as a result of his heavy drinking. So he jumped into the cold water to save him.
With great effort, the fisherman pulled the man back onto his yacht and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to help bring him back to life. After successfully rendering aid, he put the man back in his bed and swam back to his own boat.
The next morning, the fisherman returned to the yacht to see how the man was doing. But surprisingly, the man ungratefully replied, "It's none of your business!"
The fisherman reminded him that he had rescued him and saved his life the night before. But instead of showing gratitude, the man openly cursed and threatened him.
As the Christian man rowed away, tears filled his eyes and he prayed, "When I think of how men have treated You, Lord, I'm filled with sorrow. Now I can begin to understand just a little how You must feel when others reject You."
When you are persecuted by others because of your faith in Christ, think of the rejection that Jesus faced so that you could have forgiveness of your sins and eternal life through Him. Continue to profess His name and remember what He did on the cross…because great is your reward when you persevere in the midst of trials.
PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank the Lord for the sacrifice He made for you in the midst of persecution and rejection. Pray that He would give you strength so that His name may be glorified through it all.
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