Boldly Cheering for God

Hebrews 10:33, 35 (NIV®)
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. … So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

Several years ago, I sat among a particular team’s fans at a college basketball tournament. I had forgotten how passionate those folks are. They had no intention of showing restraint, and they weren’t concerned about hurting the feelings of the other team or their fans. Their intent was to fill every seat and loudly express their allegiance to their team and their opposition to any other team. I was there as a neutral observer, but I wondered what would be said to me if I had worn the opposing team’s colors … and what my reaction would be if I had been insulted because of it. The Bible says, as followers of Jesus, we can expect insults and persecution. Sometimes, they’ll be aimed at us. At other times, we’ll be called to stand with other believers. But no matter the circumstances, we should never hesitate to express our loyalty to and confidence in our Lord.

It is not easy to face persecution and rejection, but knowing it is for loyalty to Jesus makes it an honor to endure. God’s Spirit will help you to both stand and hold onto your confidence in the Lord.

Heavenly Father, insults and intimidation dogged Jesus’ followers, and I expect they could bully me, also. But I am determined to loyally express my allegiance to You, no matter the circumstances. Holy Spirit, help me to stand firmly in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Allen Jackson
Senior Pastor, World Outreach Church

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