“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me (Jesus).” – Matthew 24:9


Jesus was very clear that to follow Him doesn’t promise a problem-free life. Rather, true believers will often face persecution. As Jesus spoke about His second coming, He compared the hardships and persecution believers will face to birth pains which will increase in frequency and intensity over time.

Now understand this about persecution and martyrdom: we are not to seek it, BUT we are to be so devoted to Christ that we will follow Him no matter the cost. That means verbalizing our faith in Christ even if we are told not to. If you’ve never faced rejection, discrimination, or persecution for your faith, then ask yourself a question: Do people know that you’re a Christian? They may think that you’re a nice moral person, but have you ever given glory to God by verbalizing your faith found in Jesus Christ? When you do –  you’ll encounter respect from some and opposition from others. Expect it.

The good news, however, is that God can use for good what man desires for evil. After all, God turned the death of Christ on the cross into salvation for you and for me. Christianity may not guarantee a perfect, problem-free life, but one thing is certain: God promises perfect victory in the end. He promises a problem-free new Heaven and new Earth with Jesus (Revelation 21-22).