My friend, may I ask you a question? If you’ve ever suffered persecution because of your faith, think about this. If they try to bury you with their words and actions, are you able to climb above the dirt? When we’re willing to do what’s right, is it Ok to expect to be persecuted? In the end whatever they throw at us, we can just rise above…right?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Like anyone else, persecution isn’t something I look forward to. It leaves me with a creepy feeling on the back of my neck. Recently I was walking down the street near my office and I spotted a group of teens standing on the street corner. They were cursing and I debated whether or not I should risk their ire and call them on it. I did. I walked up to the group and asked them to please refrain from using God’s name that way. They burst out laughing, looked at each other and cursed all the more in my direction. I walked away with the hairs on the back of my neck bristling. I felt creepy, almost like crawling into a hole. But, in a moment, I shook it off and vowed I would do the same thing the next time anyway.
It’s never easy to stand up when others push us down and bury us with their looks or words. Is there any comfort?
Here’s a story: A man had a donkey. One day, the donkey fell into an old abandoned well. Its owner finally noticed it was missing and went to the neighbors and enlisted their help. They searched everywhere. It was then that one of the men looked down into the well and saw the donkey. Unable to lift the animal out, one man suggested that they fill the well in with dirt so as to prevent the same tragedy from befalling others. Although they felt bad, the men took turns shoveling the dirt. Once the first shovel of dirt hit the donkey, the animal found renewed energy. It brayed loudly. Then it happened. The donkey realized that the dirt was a gift. With each scoop of dirt that fell into the well, the donkey shook off any that landed on it and then took a step up onto the top of the pile of dirt forming at the bottom of the well. The men kept shoveling; certain that they were burying the poor donkey. After much shoveling, the men were quite surprised to see the donkey, looking right straight at them. It was standing on top of all that dirt that had been dropped on it. (Al Batt)
If you’ve ever suffered persecution because of your faith, think about that donkey. The more dirt they tossed on him, the more he climbed above the dirt. When we’re willing to do what’s right, we can expect to be persecuted. In fact, the Bible tells us that we WILL be persecuted. But, we will only need to endure the name calling for a short time. Like that donkey, with each shovel full of dirt, we can put a smile on our face. The more dirt they throw, the taller we stand.
We pray. Father, This world is filled with the ungodly who are quick to persecute the godly for the smallest word or idea. Christianity is in the forefront of conflict these days and those of us who are zealous for it can count on being persecuted. Lord, the ungodly will try to bury us in our own words through burdensome regulations and unholy laws and judicial decisions in the hopes that we will slink away, cower and allow ourselves to buried in the pages of history, to be forgotten and erased from the hallways of justice, legislation and social reform. Forgive us Father when we allow ourselves to be so buried by our passivity and willingness to just go along. Give us Your Spirit that we might be able to climb up over the dirt they throw and rise above our own demise. In the end we will not only survive, but we will thrive despite all the abuse the ungodly can apply. In Jesus Name! Amen.
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