117. Someone Will be Persecuted

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“You know,” Stan said, “the Biblical account of the Apostle Paul’s conversion has a daily impact on me.”

“How’s that?” I asked.

“He was on his way to Damascus when Jesus interrupted his journey and his life by asking him why he was persecuting Him.”

“Yeah, I know the story,” I said, “but what does that have to do with you on a daily basis?”

“In my life on this side of eternity,” Stan responded, “either I will persecute Jesus by living a life that is opposed to Him, or I will be persecuted by the unbelieving world for living a life that reflects Him.”

“It is a question of who is going to be persecuted, and I choose not to persecute Him.”

“Do you really think you are going to be persecuted for your faith in Jesus?” I asked.

“There is persecution against Christians all around us,” Stan replied rather forcefully.  Some with subtleness and some very blatant.  If you don’t see it, you are not giving it enough attention.”

“And, of course, that is what will clearly occur big time during the end times.  If I am around then, I will clearly have to choose who is going to be persecuted, me or Jesus.”

“And in the meantime, I have to make the same choice every day.”

“And I think you know my choice.”

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Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?  Acts 9:4.

Prayer:  Lord, I don’t want to be persecuted, but even more I do not want to persecute you by not walking with you.  It is clear who and what you want me to be.  I want the same as you do, but I need your help in keeping you and your will in focus.  Please, Lord, help me in my choosing you over everything, especially in choosing to be persecuted, if that is to be, rather than persecuting you.    Thank you that I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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