Are you living for eternity, or are you living for today?
Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are you when men hate you,
And when they exclude you,
And revile you, and cast out your name as evil,
For the Son of Man’s sake.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven,
For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
Jesus presented values that were contrary to the thinking of the day, and this is a perfect example. The world doesn’t say the hated, excluded, reviled, and cast out are blessed. The world says these people are cursed.
What’s Jesus describing?
- “Excluded” from synagogue or temple worship. The Amplified says, “when people…exclude you[from their fellowship].” The parallel for today would be getting kicked out of some religious circles, because you’re too conservative or too bibilical. It’s tragic that in some Christian groups today – and I use the word “Christian” loosely – if you talk about sin, repentance, or holiness, you can find yourself excluded. Suddenly you’re legalistic, judgmental, hateful, or self-righteous.
- “Reviled” and having “your name cast out as evil”are synonyms for being slandered. If you take a stand for Christ, people might try to destroy your reputation.