Today’s Scripture: And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. LukeĀ 18:38-39

As he sat on the side of the street, a blind man heard the news that Jesus was coming. As he cried out for Jesus, those around him told him to be quiet. However, he was not to be dismayed. He longed to have his sight and didn’t care that others rebuked him for making a racket. Even though the people around him didn’t want to hear his cries, he was determined to make his voice heard.

This should be an example to us as we strive to share the wondrous message of the gospel. Many times, those around us will not want to hear it. They will tell us to keep it to ourselves. The world doesn’t want to hear about its sin.

The apostles were told to stop preaching the gospel in Acts 4 and 5. Their response to the command was, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) They had been arrested for preaching the gospel but would not stop because Christ had commanded them to preach the gospel. (Mark 16:15) They didn’t let the Pharisees keep them from preaching.

Throughout the ages, many Christians have faced persecution and death because of their stand on the gospel and God’s Word. When you share the gospel, people may laugh and scorn you. You may have to suffer through prison or death, but don’t give up. When you are rebuked for sharing your faith, determine to make sure you don’t quit; be bold and share it so much the more.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.