Persecution for Promotion

 Persecution for Promotion
Persecution for Promotion

In Christian journey, the concept of persecution for promotion holds great significance. Trials and challenges often deepen believers' faith and trust in God. Using biblical examples such as Joseph, Job, Daniel, and Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego as examples, we can gain a deeper understanding of the transformative power of persecution and its relationship to promotion in God's Kingdom.

The Story of Joseph

Genesis 45:1-9

[1]Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.

[2]And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

[3]And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

[4]And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

[5]Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

[6]For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

[7]And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

[8]So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

[9]Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

Joseph's story in the book of Genesis illustrates the connection between persecution and promotion. His own brothers sold him into slavery, and he endured false accusations and imprisonment in Egypt. However, through God's divine plan, Joseph eventually became second-in-command to Pharaoh, overseeing Egypt. His promotion came after a period of persecution, as God used his circumstances to position him for a greater purpose—to preserve the lives of his family and the Egyptian people during a severe famine.

The Example of  Job

[12]So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

[13]He had also seven sons and three daughters.

[16]After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.

[17]So Job died, being old and full of days.

Job's story illustrates how perseverance through persecution can lead to divine promotion. Job was a righteous man who experienced immense suffering and loss, including the death of his children, the destruction of his possessions, and physical afflictions. Despite these trials, Job remained faithful to God. In the end, God restored Job's fortunes twofold, blessing him with even greater prosperity and longevity. Job's story reminds us that enduring persecution with unwavering faith can bring divine favor and promotion.

Daniel's Faithfulness

Daniel 6:8-9,24-28 [8]Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. [9]Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. [24]And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den. [25]Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. [26]I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. [27]He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. [28]So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Daniel's unwavering commitment to God in the face of persecution is another example of promotion through trials. Despite being thrown into a den of lions due to his refusal to stop praying to God, Daniel's faith remained steadfast. God miraculously protected him, and the king recognized Daniel's unwavering devotion. As a result, Daniel's promotion followed. He was elevated to a high position in the kingdom, gaining influence and making God's name known among his enemies.

Daniel 3:24-30 [24]Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. [25]He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. [26]Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. [27]And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. [28]Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. [29]Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. [30]Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

The story of Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego exemplifies how faithfulness in persecution leads to promotion. When they refused to worship the golden image set up by King Nebuchadnezzar, they were thrown into a blazing furnace. However, God protected them, and they emerged from the fire unharmed. Witnessing this miraculous deliverance, King Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged the power and authority of their God, issuing a decree that promoted them in Babylon.

The Promotion of Jesus Christ

Hebrews 10:12-14 [12]But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; [13]From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. [14]For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

The ultimate example of promotion through persecution is found in Jesus Christ. Through His sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus triumphed over sin and death, securing eternal salvation for all who believe in Him. After His resurrection, Jesus ascended to the right hand of God, receiving the highest promotion and authority in heaven and earth. His name is exalted above every other name, and He reigns as the King of kings and Lord of Lords.

As followers of Christ, we are called to embrace persecution for the sake of the gospel. Jesus Himself taught that those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake are blessed, and great is their reward in heaven. Persecution tests our faith, refines our character, and deepens our relationship with God. It is through trials that our spiritual maturity is formed, preparing us for greater assignments and promotions in God's kingdom.

Though persecution can manifest in various forms—be it financial, marital, academic, professional, or even within our Christian walk—we are encouraged to remain steadfast in our faith. We should not be ashamed of the gospel but rather rejoice.

Matthew 5:11-12 [11]Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12]Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 Persecution leads to spiritual growth and heavenly rewards. Our victory and success become testimonies of God's faithfulness and transformative power in our lives.

In conclusion, the concept of persecution for promotion teaches us that through trials and challenges, God refines and prepares us for greater purposes in His kingdom. As we draw inspiration from biblical examples, we are encouraged to remain faithful and unwavering in our devotion to God, knowing that He rewards those who endure persecution with promotion.

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