What Jesus Did! 'Faithful' — Matthew 10:21-23

Friday, May 5, 2017

"Brothers will turn against their own brothers and give them to be killed. Fathers will turn against their own children and give them to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and will send their parents to be killed. All people will hate you because you follow me. But the person that continues strong until the end will be saved. When you are treated badly in one city, go to another city. I tell you the truth. You will not finish going to all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes again."
— Matthew 10:21-23 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 10:21-23 NLT — "Brothers will turn against their own brothers and give them to be killed."

Key Thought

The call of the Kingdom of God will meet with strong resistance. Those within our own families may give us up to arrest, while opposition will mount from many everyday people. They will hate us for no other reason than because we follow Jesus. Jesus urges us to leave the cities where we are treated badly, to keep our faith, and to move to another city. But our flight is not one of fear, but one of anticipation and evangelization. We are to keep sharing and living the message of the Kingdom in city after city for our salvation awaits and our Lord's coming is near.

Today's Prayer

God, you are the Rock of my salvation, you are my Strength and Protection. Give me courage to be faithful and never waver in my love and faithfulness to you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 3:13
  • 2 Tim. 4:11-14
  • 2 Cor. 4:7-10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.