Monday, November 28, 2011

Martyrs Complex

Red-Letter Monday: 
"Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets" - Luke 6:26

Some have a martyrs complex. If they are not engaged in spiritual blood-sport, they are not satisfied. They spoil for a fight. They make certain no one likes them, call it faithfulness, and wear the martyr's crown. 
Certainly this was not Jesus' intention. To search for persecution is as hypocritical as to run from it.

Rather, the course of God's Way will take care of itself.

Ask Joseph, who found himself:
in the depths of his father's love one afternoon, and the depths of a pit the next;  
in the hands of deceitful brothers and traders one day, in the house of Potiphar the next; 
highly beloved one day, highly despised the next; 
imprisoned one day, impressing the Pharaoh the next; 
reigning over Egypt one day; received as bones in Canaan the next.
We have no need to run from or seek our persecutions. They will find us. When they do, we must rejoice - in the inner man - that we were counted worthy to suffer shame for Him.

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