June 28, 2020

Blessed by Association

Blessed by Association

Luke 6:22-23, NLT

"What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way."

There are those who are guilty by association. 

There are those who are honored by association. 

Both guilt and honor by association are fallacies, they are not true, but based on the assumptions people make as the result of partial knowledge of a person.  In short, it is stereotyping. 

In Christ, we are blessed by association because having a relationship with Christ is based on the authenticity of our faith.  We have a shared identity with the Redeemer, and because of this we are blessed with both eternal provision.  We are also confronted with the very real possibility of persecution because of who Christ is in our lives.  Can we accept that living for Christ set us up for both blessings and the potential for hatred, exclusion, mockery and cursing?

Sermonic Points:

1. I am blessed by knowing no matter the persecution or pressure we endure for Christ, I know that Jesus has my back; with Jesus, we've got this. 

2.  I am blessed by both present and eternal heavenly help and sustenance; GOD's promise of protection in Christ will seal us even through the hardships we may face because of the faith.

3.  We are blessed by knowing others have gone this road before us and their testimony cheers us onward. Those who speak the truth have found themselves in trouble all throughout history, yet, GOD covers and protects those who dare to proclaim the truth of GOD's love, mercy and justice in Christ.  - We are blessed by our association with Christ. 


Publish Date:

July 14, 2023


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