Hated for the Gospel (Through the Gospel)
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” ^Matthew 5:11-12. (Click to read entire passage)
To live for the Kingdom means allegiance to the sufferings of Christ. There is no true discipleship without suffering. A true follower of Jesus will be confronted by cultural norms and world views that may be contrary to what Christ teaches.
When this happens what will you do? Will you stand upon the truth of God’s Word or will you compromise the words of Jesus to be accepted by society and to ease the shame of persecution.
There will come a time in every single Christian’s life where what they believe will offend the unbelieving world. There are some things about Christianity that the world will love, but there also things that will offend every heart in every culture. In moments like these, the Christian who chooses to stand with Jesus will be persecuted by others.
Jesus makes clear, that our offense to others is not because our lack of character or love, but because our conviction for the Word of God. In these moments, Jesus encourages us, “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:12). There is a heavenly reward for the one who perseveres under persecution that cannot be found on this earth. For those who are preaching the gospel and living out the word of God in some places around the world, are literally being killed for their faith. These people are true heroes with a heavenly reward that awaits them in heaven.
Are you ashamed of Jesus? Are you composing biblical truths to be acceptance and approval from our society? Please remember that Jesus is not ashamed of you.