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Revelation 2:8-11, Not the Path of Least Resistance

Key Verse

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
— Revelation 2:10

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, October 3, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I don’t think I’m unique in thinking that life should be easy. I’m steeped in a culture that promises me the next great thing is going to solve all my problems and let me kick back and do nothing. When I crash headlong into unexpected challenges, I’m thrown into resentment and fear.

But here’s the thing. Truly following Jesus is not easy. Putting God and neighbor first requires effort and sacrifice. Living into the gospel message of God’s radical acceptance and justice is going to put us into conflict with the powers that be. And this is what we are called to do.

God reminds us we are never alone, tells us not to fear what we will inevitably suffer, and reminds us of the promise of much greater things than any modern gadget can give us.

Empowering God, sustain me on the path as I follow in Jesus’ way. Amen.

 

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