God’s servants are sometimes mistreated. They are misunderstood, abused, and judged for irrelevant reasons. However, God will reward his servants that refuse to give in for any pressure of the enemies. He will honor whoever remains faithful unto the end. Paul, a servant of God, shared his experience of worldly abuse and his loyalty to God. Paul stated, “For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now” (1 Cor. 4:9-13).
God’s servants often face criticisms of others; they are persecuted and abused for the sake of their faith in Christ. However, Jehovah will reward the efforts of his servants in due time. He will assist them on earth and also bless them in heaven. Therefore, everyone who serves God in any capacity must understand that his/her effort is not in vain. People who suffer persecution and remain committed to God will enjoy his benefits! The Creator will glorify his name in their lives so that all people (including unbelievers) might witness it and believe him.
Dear God, I ask you to please make me a faithful servant who will be loyal to you always. I also pray for all your servants throughout the world that you will give us courage to faithfully serve you. Empower us to bear fruits that will lead to the salvation of souls for the prosperity of your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
January 9 BIBLE LIFE
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