When Will You Be Blessed? - Jason Cha-
Do you know when God will bless you? Is it when you make sacrifices? Is it when you are faithful to Him? Is it when you attend church consistently? Is it when you love your enemies? There are a multitude of possible answers to this question.
Here is a curious statement by Jesus. In Mt. 5.11, Jesus said, “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.” Do you get it? God blesses you when you are mocked, persecuted, lied about and when all sorts of evil things are said against you. What does Jesus mean by this? How can this be? This statement doesn’t seem suitable as a public relations motto. This is not something that we should say to our non-believing friends if we want them to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Yet, the Word says what it says.
What does Mt. 5.11 mean? I believe that what Jesus means is that when we follow Him in the way we live, we will naturally stand out in a crowd. The way we live our lives will be so different from the way everyone else lives that we will be different, very different. We will make different choices and decisions. We will be different because we will refuse to just go along with the crowd and with what is generally accepted. We will be different in the places we choose to hang out and the things we choose to do or not do. For instance, following Jesus means to refuse to cheat at school even though everyone else might be. It is to refuse to gossip or have fun at someone else’s expense. It is restraining from using profanity.
When we are different from everyone else in the world we will be noticed. We will also be criticized because we may appear to them to be stand-offish or even arrogant. But, there is no question that the life Jesus has called us to live as Christians is a life that is set apart, that is different. That makes others feel uncomfortable and they will criticize and judge us. That is what I believe Jesus is saying in Mt. 5.11.
If we choose to live for Him and follow in His footsteps we will be blessed, but along the way we will be mocked, persecuted, lied about and when all sorts of evil things are said against us. That is part of the cost of being His disciple.
Jason Cha Esq.
Cha & Nam APLC