What Jesus Did! 'Using Misfortune for Good News' — Mark 13:9

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"You must be careful. People will arrest you and take you to be judged. They will beat you in their synagogues. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. You will tell them about me. This will happen to you because you follow me."
— Mark 13:9 NLT
Illustration of Mark 13:9 NLT — "You must be careful."

Key Thought

Another part of the believer's future is harsh—in addition to the natural disasters and wars mentioned in previous verses. Not everyone will like Christians. Just as Jesus was hated, so also will his followers be hated. Some will be persecuted and even martyred for the sake of the faith. These are not only to be expected, they are also events that are promised before the return of Jesus. How many years the persecution will continue, we don't know. But, they are an expected evil that we will endure before the end. However, in the process of facing these hardships, we will have the opportunity to share our faith in places we might otherwise be denied a voice—like the apostle Paul (Acts 9, 22, 26) and others like him. So we should tell folks about Jesus whether our audience is favorable or hostile. This is a part of the plan. This is our opportunity to demonstrate our faith and share our hope with a fallen world.

Today's Prayer

O God my Heavenly Father, please give me the courage to stand my ground for my faith and never compromise. Please strengthen me through the power of the Holy Spirit to give my testimony to those who doubt, persecute, or hate me. Use me to share the hope of your Son with those in darkness. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 8:1-5
  • 1 Peter 3:13-17
  • Mark 13:11

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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