I challenge you to look at the life of Christ. Rejected by many, hated by most. He didn’t have a lot of supporters and He didn’t rub elbows with the elite of His day. What we are seeing now are a bunch of superstars in the pulpit…actors and actresses who have MANY MANY fans and “friends”.Jesus said this of His true disciples in John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. He also stated in Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. It looks to me like Jesus was letting His disciples know that living a life for Jesus Christ doesn’t come with a whole lot of people who will love you, much less like you! If you have a bunch of naysayers criticizing you for walking in what God has called you to do, throwing your name out there as evil…REJOICE! You must be doing something Kingdom!
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me,Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Heavenly Father, I ask that you help us to stand firm in the calling you have placed upon our life. We ask that you BLESS our enemies tremendously. Father let them know that you have something wonderful planned for their lives too and that YOU are the one who will set things in order for them. Lord help us to walk in love and humility towards them and see them with the same eyes of compassion that you have! Lastly, I just want to say THANK YOU Jesus for all that you have helped us through! In Jesus name! Amen!