Sometimes you learn the most valuable life lessons from children’s lessons.
I was at my Saturday morning Bible Club, listening as one of my friends shared with the low-income (and rowdy) kids how Saul was converted (Acts 9). As I was listening (in between yelling at the kids to be quiet), something struck me that he said:
“Now, why do you think Jesus said, ‘Saul, why are you persecuting ME’? Was Saul persecuting Jesus?”
The kids answered, “No!”
“Then why did Jesus say that? Who was Saul persecuting?”
“The Christians.” Then it dawned on the kids.
“Christians are God’s people. You know when one of your friends is getting picked on, and you walk up and say, ‘Leave him alone. When you mess with him, you mess with me!’ That’s what Jesus is saying: ‘When you mess with My people, you’re messing with Me!'”
In that low-income culture, that statement makes a whole lot of sense. These kids, influenced too heavily by gangs, know the unspoken code of gang loyalty: “If you mess with my brother, you’re messing with me!”
This is just so cool to think about. I am owned by Christ! And He is loyal to me…
1 Peter 2:9 says:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
We are “possessed” by God. He has bought us with His own blood. And I guarantee you, He’s not gonna let us go! He will always stick up for us.
When that nasty thug named Satan comes before God’s throne to spell out all my many faults, I am comforted to know that Jesus stands there, declaring, “Go away! Matt is no longer yours. He belongs to God! And God always defends His own. You better watch yourself, Satan, because if you mess with Matthew, you’re messing with Me!”
When the whole culture moves against us, when terrorists chop off heads, when Christians are persecuted, don’t panic! We have a loyal Savior.
When we are persecuted, He is persecuted. When we are made fun of, He’s made fun of. When they hate us, they hate Him.
He’s got our back. And there is nothing that can happen to us that’s outside His control. He’s better than the biggest brother we could have. He defends us. Because we are His.