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

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

[Jesus continued his warning and instructions to the apostles when he sent them out:] "A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed. And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next. I tell you the truth, the Son of Man will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel."
— Matthew 10:21-23 NLT

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 can also mount from many everyday people. They will hate us for no other reason than that we follow Jesus. Jesus urges the apostles as missionaries to leave the cities where they are treated badly, to keep their faith, and to move to another city. But their flight is not one of fear, but one of anticipation and evangelization. They are to keep sharing and living the message of the Kingdom in city after city for their salvation awaits and their Lord's coming is near. We would do well to heed Jesus' instructions and warnings for the apostles when we face opposition to our life style and service as Jesus' disciples.

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 Timothy 4:11-14
  • 2 Corinthians 4:7-10


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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 and is available in book form.

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