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Are you too popular?

August 11, 2011

So I failed to blog last Thursday.  It wasn’t my original intention, but my excuse is I was at a conference.  Anyway, while at the conference one of the speakers said, “If you don’t run into the devil every once in a while maybe your walking in the same direction.”  Actually, I didn’t right it down, so I don’t know if that’s exactly how he said it, but it’s close.

It reminded me of something I’ve thought about before.  This idea of being “too popular.”  Jesus was always talking about how we would be persecuted, and Paul did too.  Actually, you can find something about it in every single book of the New Testament!

That’s the idea the speaker was getting at, if you don’t run into warfare every once in a while, maybe your heading in the wrong direction.

Like I said, this is taught throughout the New Testament, and I think the best example is in Luke 6.

Jesus says, “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26, ESV)

He cautions people, saying, if everyone is happy with you, that’s probably not a good sign.

And right before that Jesus had said, “What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man.” (Luke 6:22, NLT)

You’re not blessed for being made fun of or disliked in general, but when it is on Jesus’ behalf.  When is the last time someone spoke poorly of you because of your faith?  What you said or did? Taught or believed?

Does that say something about how you are living?

It should be a part of every Christian’s life.

Are you too popular?

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