“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him” – Ephesians 1v29 (NIV)
There is a great saying; ‘if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything’. It is so true. When we follow God, going all-out for Him, it is absolutely an amazing journey that full of life, excitement and adventure , but can also be tough at times too. Today’s verse says that part of the package of being a sold-out, burning and on-fire follower of Jesus is suffering for Him too.
When you make a stand for Him you will get people who come against you, it isn’t always going to be a piece of cake all the time. For example, if you make a stand for God in terms of purity and not sleeping around or if you make a stand for God, by not get drunk like some of your mates, people will come against you. This isn’t something weird, but this is part of the deal of being a follower of Jesus.
But, when you ask God He will help you stand firm, He will give you encouragement and strength, His will shower His hope and love into your heart to help you to keep going when people stand against you for being a Christian.
It ain’t always easy, but it’s totally worth it following God, because of the peace, life and freedom you can know in Him. Make a stand!
Cube Challenge: Think of some ways you can make a stand for God this week – at school, college, work or at home. Think of ways to be pure, ways to love people and serve people this week. Be different, make a stand!