In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. - Psalm 109:4
This verse came warmly to mind recently in my prayers as I had once again endured some intense persecution from “unsaved” but deeply loved family members. I am always mindful of this verse and a few others in those times.
As I reflect on the cost of following Jesus, the cost of being misunderstood, the cost of being mocked, and the cost of being maligned by those who do not know the way of Christ, I know that their attacks are out of ignorance—the lack of knowledge, the lack of truth.
Though to follow Jesus may sting, though to follow Him may have great cost, the Lord, we know, is our shield and our stronghold, our ever-present help in the day of trouble. As King David states so well in this verse, no matter what he faced, the answer was always found in the throne room of the Almighty.
I have found that God will, in His throne room, often reveal the big picture—the perspective we need to see what only He sees. Oh, what longing for the heart and the eyes of my Savior—yet that longing is satisfied when I am in His throne room. It is there we must be found! It is there we must always return, if indeed, we want to be His vessel.
I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for 39 years, and of this one thing I am sure: the greatest accomplishments, the greatest achievements, and the greatest blessings always come with the greatest costs. But so much more, my 39 years have deeply cemented in my heart and my being that I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation.
This day’s revealed perspective: my cost to follow Him will always pale in comparison to His cost to save me!
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