“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)
You might feel like someone or something is daring you to “take one more step” when you are seeking to serve God and introduce Jesus to the world. But in Scripture, God gives us a healthy and helpful perspective on the opposition and persecution that we experience while trying to take steps to make Jesus known through our lives. Persecution is a real occurrence.Satan is busy orchestrating all kinds of ways to discredit, discourage, and disillusion those who are actively serving Jesus in this world. However, Jesus is telling you here to keep your focus on heaven, and the reality of your future and your reward there for eternity. Such powerful truth about where you are going can help you immensely when you feel stagnant hereon earth, and strengthen you to take one more step.