If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. -John 15:18 (NIV)
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. -John 14:6 (NIV)
Don’t be fooled, true believer: When you accept Jesus into your heart, that’s when the battle begins. You just became a turncoat who switched sides…one who left the world that hates Jesus, to follow Jesus! On top of that, your mission now is to make Jesus known!
The gospel is offensive to this world. Unbelievers do not like it. They often say to not force Jesus on them. Unbelievers don’t want to be told there is only one way to heaven, but that all roads lead there.
But no, Jesus made it clear. He is the only way.
In this world of political correctness, where everything and everyone’s viewpoint must be accepted, the gospel is offensive. It’s not till He opens our eyes do we see that, in fact, all things are not okay. We live and walk the straight and narrow, the path down which Jesus leads us. And the world will hate us for it.
But take heart, because as He said, the world hated Him first. And never forget that, despite what troubles we face, He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
So, you’ve switched teams. Get ready for the heat. But know that you’ve got invincible backup in Christ.