Considering everything that is going right now, thought this was an encouraging devotional
All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to
the end will be saved.
-- Matthew 10:22
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 tool 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.
Forgive me, please dear Father, 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. Please give me the wisdom
and the courage to balance my understanding of the world with your
passion to redeem it. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.