So it occurred to me tonight that us Western Christians in the most part don’t have a clue about how blessed by God we are. In fact, thinking about it too much made me feel a little ill. We’re so wrapped up in our own worlds at times, that all we care about is if God blesses us with a job promotion, good grades, and grants us the wishes that we have to have the happy and perfect life. Being blessed to persecuted Christians is having another day on earth to praise their Heavenly Father, or to have a cup of water and a piece of bread. For them, it is to thank God for the comfort he provides in their suffering. And this is not just persecuted Christians who thank God for his faithfulness… it’s any Christian in poor conditions, who don’t have the things we have, who don’t know the things that we know. Yet they are still faithful, and they still thank him – despite their situation. And they don’t ask questions like “Oh… where’s God now?… my life isn’t great at the moment.” Instead, they magnify his name and thank him for his love shown for them on the cross.
I just cannot get my head around it. But they are blessed… Matthew 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing what God approves of. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them
I need to stop being so selfish and thank God that I have it easy. A lot easier than some people I’ve heard of.
Prayer tonight: That God would teach me to be thankful for his faithfulness more, and that I share the things that I have in order to bring glory to Jesus.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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