In the age of social media, which gives us the opportunity to express our thoughts and ideas on line for our friends to see, would you share something that your friends will like or something that they will hate?
Looking into week four of our series, I Wish Jesus didn’t Say That, It’s interesting that when Jesus spoke in front of His disciples and even with the crowds, He always disturbs them and shakes them to the very core. One particular instance is found in John 15:18-21,
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master. ’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.”
Notice the words hate you and persecute you. People who don’t know God will hate and persecute us because we have submitted under the Lordship (Master, Owner) of Jesus Christ, while they submit under the lordship other things or people aside from God.
At the core of persecution is a battle for lordship.
- When you have a business partner and his lord is money and not Christ, he will pressure you to lie and perform illegal transactions, all for the sake of more profit.
- When you are in a relationship with the opposite sex and his lord is sex and not Christ, he will pressure you to sleep with him.
- When you are a student and you have a classmate of yours who makes comfort his lord, he will encourage you not to study and instead just cheat your way to all the exams.
Persecution comes when we battle for Jesus’ lordship over our lives. You have Jesus as your Lord and other people will have their own lords (idol). The question right now is are you going to give in?
If we don’t make a stand for Jesus the system of this world will consume us and the only way we can make sure we will stand up for our conviction is when we apply:
Verse 26: “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”
This is indeed good news to all of us: When we acknowledge the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and allow Him to take control of our being, we can make a stand for Jesus. No more compromise. And the best part of it all is that we can bear witness to power of Jesus over our life.
At the end of this, it does not matter if people will like or hate us; or worse persecute us just because we will not submit to their lord, what matters most is we make it our aim to please God and in doing so we will have peace of mind knowing that we have truly lived for Him.