The Scum of the Earth, [Identity]

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“To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.”

1 Corinthians 4:11-13, NIV

The apostle Paul isn’t ashamed to be called ‘scum.’ He realizes that this is his ‘standing’ in this world’s opinion. He is regarded as a nobody and of little value. A tension exists between the believer and the world system. The expectations that the world has is part of the package that we have been given. The message of the Cross is the ultimate foolishness. Jesus told his own disciples that:

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.”

John 15:18-19, NLT

 The world hates us because we belong to Jesus. It is his reproach we bear. We should not see the trial and sorrows as our issue, and we shouldn’t get upset by the world’s snub. The tension is real and we can expect being ostracized. In fact, we should anticipate it.

Hatred is a hard word. And the stigma should humble us— it has a supernatural orgin. We shouldn’t expect otherwise. To follow Jesus means we will only experience what he is already gone through. Some of us will follow him even to martyrdom. The hardships and challenges do not invalidate our walk, rather they confirm what he said would happen. The world is under seige by Sattan,  the unband it is his spirit that controls the unbelieving world.

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

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Father of all comfort, please come to your servants who are suffering for their faith in you. Meet them and hold them close to you. Give them boldness and awareness. Seek them out and make them your witnesses in a hostile world. Give them the Spirit of Jesus and help them overcome by their love. ~In Jesus Name, Amen

 

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About Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.
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3 Responses to The Scum of the Earth, [Identity]

  1. Charmaine says:

    I just wanted to thank you for your inspiring quotes, I have been so blessed since I have been following Broken Believers. I have been “run out ” of several churches in the past. When I read your posts I feel that I am not alone and I am so encouraged by what you share. Thank you so much Bryan. Charmaine

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    • wendyhenley says:

      Ditto Charmaine. Have you really been run out of several churches? I am so sorry to hear that. God has especially laid it on my heart to research how the person with mental illness, addiction, etc can best be helped by the church. I have a burden for these people like no other. I am one of them. Would love to hear your experiences if you are willing to share. Of course it will be kept confidential. My email is wndyhnly@aol.com. Also my blog is holybroken.com if your interested in reading it. Love to you in Christ.

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      • Charmaine says:

        It sadly has happened to me, I will email you with a brief story and will also read your blog. Bless you for wanting to help people who struggle everyday to gain acceptance with in the church while living with Mental illness and addictions. We need more people like you. Thank you for your kindness. Blessings to you and may God bless your efforts to reach out to others,
        Charmaine

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