Thursday, October 17, 2013

Blessed When Times are Tough

Sometimes ministry is not easy. But it's not supposed to be.

I heard a version of a scripture from the Sermon on the Mount that was read at a public service. It caught my ear. It seemed fitting to share with my pastor friends, who get discouraged from time to time by the resistance they encounter.

Actually, it applies to anyone who is on the journey of Christian life. I hope it encourages all of you.

“Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—skip like a lamb, if you like!—for even though they don’t like it, I do . . . and all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this."

(Matthew 5:22-23, The Message)