Aug 29, 2012, 12:52pm
Sometimes Christians are of the illusion that when they come to Christ all their troubles will disappear. That's just not true. In fact, Jesus said the world would hate them an account of His name.
New International Version (NIV)
19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
He said before that the world hated Him and no student is greater than their Teacher, no servant greater than their Master. We need to be ready to suffer for His name. In the end times the suffering for His name will increase. It will show us who really is following Christ and who is just "doing church" or going through the motions and yet it's not real in their hearts.
The big question is - are we ready to suffer when it comes to it? It will come - maybe in our lifetime, maybe not. But it will get worse before the end and Jesus comes again to make things new. Are we sold out for Him? Or playing the game?