With the stroke of a pen, Emperor Constantine issued the edict of Milan in 313 A.D., and Christianity became fashionable instead of an offense deserving persecution. Suddenly, church membership rolls grew as thousands joined churches after professing faith in Christ. However, many were not sincere. Only God, the searcher of hearts, knows how many remained pagan at heart. However, their harmful influence in the church soon became apparent.
A life lived for Jesus Christ is not usually outlined with popularity or ease. But churches in the West today are steeped in comfort, espousing self-help rather than sacrifice, and they are growing in number.
A life lived for Jesus Christ is not usually outlined with popularity or ease.
Perhaps, like Asaph in Psalm 73, you are frustrated by the prosperity of those who do not seek the Lord nor honor His Word. Maybe you feel as though you are the only one suffering and sacrificing for the cause of Christ. Be patient. Don't give up. God will reward your faithfulness and honor your perseverance. Just as Paul proclaimed:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Trust God for your deliverance. Trust Him to keep you safe in the palm of His hand. Take a moment to consider these words written by a martyr: "I won't give up, shut up, let up till I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ."
Prayer: Lord, I trust You for justice. I know I am not deserving of Your love—my only boast is You. Protect me from envy. Give me compassion for the lost. You are my very great reward. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58).