Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:17
READ: Acts 9:11-16
Do you know that your faith in Christ has the potential to endure the toughest of trials? May you never fall again in Jesus name. When the Lord made an exception for the undefiled few in Sardis, He said they were reserved for honour because they earned it (Revelations 3:4). From this we know that rewards are earned. To be counted worthy to walk with the King of kings, all dressed in white, is a prize you must work for. Honour is one of the benefits for the undefiled few. It does not matter if people tag you a fanatic for your faith in Christ today. You may be seriously ridiculed, even disgraced. Never worry because somebody, your shame will give way to honour that is of eternal quality. The Lord Himself will honour you and cause others to honour you. Ironically, many Christians want to be honoured by God but they are not ready to go through shame for His sake, the truth is, it does not work that way. Romans 8:17 says:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
If you have ever lost anything for your faith in Christ in this world, be of good cheer you shall gain it both in this world and in the world to come. For abuses and verbal insults, you will earn His blessings. For your humiliations, you will earn His promotion. The marks of reproach in this world will become marks of honour in Heaven. You will be admired by all for those marks you received for His sake. Paul was one of the faithful few who bore several marks in his body for His faith in Christ. Do you have any mark? Have you received a beating for His Name sake? Have you been cheated, denied, oppressed and marginalized for Christ? Do you have any evidence of your faith in Christ? Stay focused on Him. You shall be highly rewarded.
When those wounded for Christ’s sake in this world are decorated at the marriage supper of the Lamb, many would wish they really suffered for Christ.
Bible in one year: Ecclesiastes 1-3