Somehow April slipped away from me, but I’m back in the saddle this month with May’s offering of the songwriter’s notebook. This month’s song is The Kingdom of Heaven Is Yours (click to see the lyric). I’ve been walking around with the idea and the chorus in my head for a while. The inspiration comes Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” I’m also influenced by my missions pastor who is faithful to remind us that there are those alive today for which being a follower of Jesus is no small thing. They are harassed, tortured, and put to death. I follow Him imperfectly in what could be argued as the easiest place on the planet to say His name. I am humbled by those who endure such hardship and convicted of my own weakness. Somehow, I want to honor them and encourage them. And remember.
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. (Hebrews 13)
- Serve the global Church by supporting us on our mission trip to Europe this summer.
- Learn more about the persecuted church from the Voices of the Martyrs.