Jesus challenges us to be radically different from most Christians and religious types of people. It will get us in trouble. In fact, it is a promise. Jesus challenges us to be glad when we are persecuted. Here is what happens:
- It takes our eye off of earthly rewards
- It strips away superficial believes
- It strengthens our faith as we endure
- Out attitude serves as an example for other believers
That is nothing new. You can go back and read almost any account of men and women of God. Being on God’s side will get you in trouble with people of this world. Just look at Jesus. As God’s son, he paid the ultimate sacrifice to save us from missing God’s goal for our life.
Getting in trouble for Jesus puts us in good company.
Not only that—count yourselves more than happy every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
(Matthew 5:11-12 The Message)