Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 27 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 19-20
Food for Thought: Jer. 20:7-9
Serving the Lord is not always popular. It usually is not because it goes contrary to the world’s way, so opposition can be expected. But there is nothing more satisfying and joyous than to know that you are participating as an instrument of God to rescue people from the grips of the enemy. Jeremiah couldn’t have known completely the joy of it because he didn’t have the bigger picture as we do, and the Holy Spirit did not dwell in him as his Comforter the way He does today. That is the great advantage that we have today as we serve the Lord.
Of course, our greatest example of one who could endure the reproach and derision was Jesus Christ Himself. Hebrews 12:2 says, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The apostle Paul knew that joy, too, and wrote to the believers in Phillippi,
“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice (Phil. 1:18).”
Jesus told His followers that there would be tribulation, but to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Now we, armed with the Word and the Holy Spirit, have the bigger picture and can continue with great pleasure pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14). And we can rejoice and thank Him for the utter privilege that it is for us that He has chosen us.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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