And ye shall be hated
of all [men] for my name’s sake:
but he that endureth to the end
shall be saved.
Jesus’ words are very strong!
His emphasis is for a reason.
Christians need to realize that they are not going to be the dominant culture.
Discipleship can be hard and demanding; most folks want things simple and easy. The values that disciples are called to put into place in their lives are not going to be the dominant cultural ones.
“So be ready!” Jesus is telling us. “Be ready to face criticism and rejection.”
But while we know it may be an uphill battle to change the hearts of men and women, we can be God’s tools to bless others and to lead them closer to him!
And for us, salvation in all its glory awaits us at the end of the journey.
- Ask God to forgive you for the times I have grown impatient with the world around and started seeing it as the enemy rather than as the target of your grace.
- Ask God to give you wisdom and the courage to balance your understanding of the world with His passion to redeem it.
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