Read:

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. – 1 Peter 4:4

Reflect:

Imagine the scene: A famous orchestra has just begun its performance. The audience is thrilled as sharp and smooth tones dance through the air tickling their eager ears. Very abruptly, several people within the orchestra start playing a completely different arrangement. It is a foreign song and get it echoes a timeless truth that the audience has been programmed to disdain. Confusion, annoyance and shock plague the listeners and they do what comes completely natural to them, they heap abuse. 
 
We, like those spoken of above, have changed our tune to that of our Creator. We no longer join in the dissipation of the world or cling to the fool’s gold it prizes so highly. As a result, we will be met with ignorance and abuse. A world that actively denies the God that made it will also deny we who have been made new. Persecution cannot stifle our song; it must deepen our resolve. As we join in the symphony of the Most High, we are proclaiming to the world that we are no longer prisoners and by God’s grace, they don’t have to be either.

Pray:

Thank you, Lord, that You have removed the scales from my eyes and heart and revealed to me the song of the ages-the song of salvation. May it overflow within me to the lost and dying world around me. Amen.

Your Turn:

How has God redirected your appetite for worldly pleasures to a desire for Him?  
 
Are there times in your life when you have experienced abuse for your beliefs and convictions? 


Tiffany Gaines

Tiffany is a child of God, saved by mercy and grace. She is married to a military man and they will soon be transitioning from the military. They have and home-school three amazing kids, two boys and one girl, who are 12, 9 and 6 years old. She is blessed with the privilege of being a stay-at-home-mama who has learned how important it is to laugh and that joy is a choice. Life has had no shortage of highs and lows but through it all, God has been faithful! The continual cry of her heart is to have less of herself and more of her Savior.