Long View Vision

Posted on August 4, 2022 by Catey Stover in Victory Call

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.” Matthew 5:11

Rejoice and be glad?

Surely not what His disciples expected to hear. It sounds so contrary to human nature. Being reviled by others, persecuted for our faith, spoken ill of and lied about on account of our love for Jesus Christ – rejoice and be glad? Not likely our first response, or second, third or fourth. I suspect it would take several responses before we get to rejoice and be glad.

Why is Jesus encouraging such a response?

“…for your reward is great in heaven.” Jesus takes our focus off the immediate, the pain and suffering that comes with persecution, and casts a long view vision, reward in heaven.

“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.” Luke 6:35

Again… Love your enemies? Not our natural inclination but Jesus points his finger to heaven. He takes our eyes off of the natural and points to the supernatural. In my sanctified imagination, I can see us standing with Jesus, kicking the dirt with our toes, complaining about the mistreatment, unfairness and wickedness of the way we are being treated. Jesus reaching out to lift our chin, tilting our heads toward heaven, saying, “There’s more. There is so much more. This is nothing compared to what awaits you, My child. ‘Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.’”

Let me ask you a few questions I have asked myself recently. Do you live daily in light of heaven? Do you take seriously the rewards that await you in heaven? Do you make choices so as to maximize your heavenly reward?

Serious food-for-thought today.


Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org.

Think About This: “God is the best listener. You don’t need to shout, nor cry out loud. Because he hears even the very silent prayer of a sincere heart.” – Author Unknown

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This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But He loves him who follows righteousness. 10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die.” Proverbs 15:9-10

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