John 15:16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17These things I command you, that ye love one another. 18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
1 John 3: 1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is…. 13Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Disciple, you have dared to be different. By accepting Christ and His call and His Kingdom, you have set yourself at odds with the world and now the world hates you for it.
Don’t be surprised by this. If the world hated Jesus Christ, how can it accept you, the bearer of the Prince of Peace? Men will hate you, despise you, mock you. Some may try to kill you. Marvel not at this.
Your obligation is not to win their love or admiration. Critics will doubt you and your motive. But it’s okay.
You are a rare breed. A doer of the mighty. A believer in the impossible. Your light shines to both illuminate the way for the lost and to shine light on the sin of the world. Some will hate you and others will love you. But all will see you shine.