“Are You Still Going to Worship Me?”

“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.” {Luke 6:22-23}

Having access to social media so easily at our fingertips, it doesn’t take long to see someone that stands up for what is right and what they believe, and then get ripped apart because of it. It seems like lately, this has been at an all-time high. People sometimes say hurtful things, only when you are expressing a belief in opinion, in love. These past few weeks, opinions have been flying over the internet and some reactions have not been pretty. I have seen some people hurt and offended. If you believe in what the Bible says and do things according to the Word, then sometimes you will get attacked.

A few years back, I was kind of mad at God. It’s a long story and I started to type it but I might save it for another blog. Looking back, it actually was silly and I definitely should not have felt that way. What I was going through truly wasn’t that big of a deal, but when you are smack in the middle of it, it seems like the most important thing going on in the world.

I was at a women’s conference and they started worship, and in my head I was having a pity party over my “inconvenience” of some things I was going through in my life at the time. I was throwing a pity party and I was the only one that showed up to it.

As the worship started up I kept trying to press in but it just seemed like my thoughts about me, me, me were bombarding me. All of a sudden, a gentle and strong whisper interrupted my thoughts and said, “Are you still going to worship me?”

I was surprised at that simple question. I started to answer, “Yes, but God why did this have to happen? Yes, but don’t you love me?” Everything I tried to use as a “but” I just couldn’t finish because it just seemed silly when I would process the thought out loud.

I heard Him again, Are you still going to worship me?” I finally just let my tears fall as I threw my hands up in the air and worshiped Him. I DO still want to worship Him, even when it’s hard or things do not make sense – even when I am persecuted or knocked down. This is nothing … compared to what He went through for me.

I’ve taken a few jabs before. I would be lying if I said it didn’t sting a little. But there is also this power and excitement that comes from deep in my heart knowing that, it was only in doing good that persecution happened. When someone throws insults at you or unjustly persecutes you or calls you names, and you just stand there and take it and respond with love, there is great peace in your heart in walking away with no regrets.

You will not go through life without persecution. What separates us is when we get the “squeeze” of life, what emotion comes out? Will you respond to hate with hate or love? When God has a big job for you, there will most likely be attacks to try to discourage, delay, distract or just full out stop the plan. You are not the first to get hated on. Think about all of the awesome people in the Bible that impacted lives and changed the world, there usually was someone that hated them. Someone hated Moses. Someone hated David. Someone hated Jacob. There are TONS.

If you are reading this and thinking, well this blog post today doesn’t even apply to me, then you might need to reevaluate what you are doing in life. Are you just coasting through? Are you just agreeing with anything that comes your way so that you do not shake anything up? People who lead, get disapproved and picked on, it’s a fact. God has chosen YOU to lead, and the good FAR surpasses the bad … x’s 10 million.

So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me—the whole congregation saying Amen!— to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others. When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. A soldier on duty doesn’t get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. It’s the diligent farmer who gets the produce. Think it over. God will make it all plain. {2 Timothy 2:1-7}

There is another version in the Bible that says to not get entangled in civilian pursuits but to keep your eyes on the One that enlisted you. There will always be attacks and hurt, but God wants to know, are you still going to worship me? Are you going to get entangled in civilian pursuits (aka drama, distractions etc) or are you going to keep your eyes on Him?

When I accepted Jesus into my heart a long time ago, my life because so much more enriched, fulfilling, whole, peaceful, and I could go on and on. And then, when I actually decided to pursue an intimate RELATIONSHIP with Christ, it changed everything. This took me to a whole new level of peace, JOY, and love. It is that life that God talks about in John 10:10 – that He came so we can have an ABUNDANT life. This is when it changed everything. This is when He came in and filled up every ounce of my broken heart and made it fresh and new. After this, if the bad stuff gets thrown at me, it bounces right off and when I get the squeeze of life, good fruit comes out. LIFE can be an exciting adventure if you just align your heart with His and don’t give up if anything hurtful comes at you along the way. Keep pressing on towards the prize – it’s SO worth it!

 Is there anything going on in your life that you can relate to this in some way? Do you feel distracted by civilian pursuits and lost track of what your purpose is on earth in the first place? 

Written by Amy Ford

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