Sweet Tweet: Got Haters?

23 Feb

“If you aren’t ready to face opposition for your obedience to God, you aren’t ready to be used by God.” -@craiggroeschel

3 quick thoughts from this tweet.

1. Opposition will come.

The man that we claim to follow and believe in came to earth, and was tortured and murdered because of the life he lived. The people of this world (ourselves included) hated him. If we are following Jesus, it would make sense that we would get the same treatment. In Luke 21:16-18 Jesus says, “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish.” Did you catch it? It doesn’t say, Some people might have a problem with you, or A few people will hate you. It says EVERYONE will HATE you. That’s a pretty bold statement. I don’t think we should make excuses for what Jesus meant by saying, oh he really didn’t mean that… that’s what he said and we need to seriously think about it.

2. When we face opposition we are blessed.

There is good news though! Although following Christ comes with a great price, it is not in vain. We are promised a reward.  “What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.” Luke 6:22-23. So, we should be happy when people don’t like us?  Probably not your natural reaction. I think sometimes as Christians our goal is to be liked by everyone, but nowhere does Jesus support that idea. We are to love everyone; however that doesn’t always mean we will get the same love in return. Once again, look to Jesus. He loved every person and he was still crucified by the masses.

3. If you aren’t facing opposition, there is a problem.

Countless people in the Bible were persecuted for their faith. All of Jesus’ closest disciples were willing to die for their faith. They believed so deeply that they couldn’t be quiet about it. Today we look at opposition as being maybe made fun of, when really, that is nothing compared to what countless people have suffered for our faith. So, if you’re not facing any opposition, you may need to take a closer look at your faith. Do you really believe what you say you believe? And if so are you willing to face opposition for it? The Bible says, “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33. I hope this verse is challenging, it is challenging to me. Basically, if we say we know Jesus, he says that he will say he knows us! That’s encouraging news. However, on the other hand, if you’re embarrassed to know Jesus, he is going to be embarrassed of you. Maybe the reason why you feel like you aren’t being used by Christ is because you aren’t willing to face opposition yet. It makes sense; God is not going to use somebody to advance His kingdom, who is ashamed of Him.

I know this sounds heavy. I’m not saying you need to get murdered tomorrow for your faith. It’s about your heart. When your heart truly believes in Jesus and you trust him with your life, you don’t need to fear. You will be willing to face opposition whether it be from family, friends, whoever, because Jesus was willing to give everything up for you. What others think about you becomes less and less important the closer you get to Jesus. Then when you reach the place where you are truly willing to obey God, no matter what people think, say, or do to you, that’s when Christ will use you. Got Haters? I hope you do!

 

 

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