The Apostle Paul made the fate of believers blatantly clear in 2 Timothy 3:12, when he said,
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”
Wow. Taken at face value, who would want to live that life? It seems like a raw deal, doesn’t it? Especially when you apply your own struggles to this verse.
But, there is hope. More to the point, there is faith. Paul also strengthens us through Romans 8:28, when he said,
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
So, maybe following Jesus Christ is not such a raw deal, if everything that happens to us leads toward a greater good, we’re unable to see through human eyes.
Many people refuse the Lord because they think following him means a life of servitude, boredom, restrictions and constant troubles. Actually, following the Lord leads to a life of freedom, excitement, protection and countless victories. Jesus does not persecute. Jesus saves!