QTVOTD: Be Joyful When They Exclude You…

What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way. Luke 6:22-23[NLT]

Wow, is the message appropriate for me in this stage in life and career. I have so many opportunities at work on a daily basis to represent and show my faith in how I present and handle myself. In the past several years, I have increasing confidence that the way I’ll be let go from my job is because people will learn that I am a devote follower of Jesus.

Our culture has developed a perception that Christians == homophobe, transphobe, and racist…which is the farthest from the truth for a genuine believer and follower of Jesus. When a person is living an obedient life to the teachings of Jesus, there is no greater lover of souls than those people.

I needed to be reminded today that living my life sold out to Jesus may impact my livelihood. When or if it does, I can walk with my head held high and with joy that I have been persecuted in His name.

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