“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.” John 15:18-20a

One thing that is guaranteed in every believer’s life is that the world will not accept you because you do not belong. You are not “of the world”. In fact, to fight to belong to this world – to fit in – is to actively work to remove any visible evidence of God’s hand in your life and is to walk down the path to destruction.

Think about that.

Every time you seek to be loved by the world (the people and systems opposed to God) you are hating the gifts of God and abandoning the mission he gave you. The way Christians have been called to is not the popular way (Matthew 7:13-14). Jesus did not call you to walk the path of least resistance.

Will the world ever appear to love you? At times, yes, just like they seemed to love Jesus when he would feed them or perform miracles. But do not expect it, and most certainly do not seek it. Remember the words Paul spoke to the churches of Galatia:

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

Some reading this might think, “Well, we should not aim to be hated by the world.”, and that’s true. We should not aim for that. But we should expect it (and, if we are never hated, then we are most certainly on the wrong path). The reason Jesus tells his followers to expect hatred is to keep them from falling away when it comes (John 16:1-4).

Today, seek only to please the Lord and do his will. If the world appears to loves you for it, do not be distracted or captivated by it. If the world hates you for it, be encouraged because it hates all who follow Christ.

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Keep your eyes on Christ! (Hebrews 12:1-2)