This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
2 Timothy 3:12
A Final Charge to Timothy
3:10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
4:1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
It’s All About the Reward | Marianne Toovey
2 Timothy 3:12 and 4:8
If following Jesus inevitably leads to persecution, why would anyone in their right minds agree to do it? Because the prize of eternal life in heaven, where everything is perfect and there’s no suffering at all, awaits those of us who choose to follow anyway.
I recently had to make my daughter soak a cut in hydrogen peroxide. Past experience dictated that she would whine and complain the whole time leading up to the soaking, and possibly cry once the H2O2 hit the open wound. So I decided to warn her in advance so she could begin mentally preparing herself for it. And I offered her $5 if she faced it bravely. That promise was the perfect incentive for her to eagerly endure the pain silently! No shrill whining. No ‘hemming & hawing’ to prolong the inevitable. And she got a handsome reward that meant the world to her. In the same way, God uses His Word to warn us of the suffering ahead. But he promises the greatest reward for anyone who can endure it bravely and faithfully.
Father, I am truly thankful for the reward that awaits me at the end of this life. But in the heat of the moment, I often tend to forget about that reward. When I start to lose my focus, I pray for the perspective and wisdom to handle the situation in a manner that would make You proud of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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