"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first."
Oh how it hurts! Oh how it discourages us! To face all of the rejection and persecution from a world of sinners, who have hardened their hearts to God...
As Christians, we have been entrusted with the most important news of mankind...the gospel message of Jesus Christ! It is literally a matter of life and death that people hear this information and have a chance to respond to it. Yet, for many, their ears are deafended to the message...
Jesus speaks to this hostile treatment as He instructs the disciples in (John 15:19-21). Here, He says:
"If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me."
The Lord knows what awaits all who take His message of love to a generally unappreciative world. And He wants all disciples, then and now, to understand what kind of ill-will they can expect. People don't want to hear that they need to surrender their lives to Christ. They want to be left alone to live as they please.
And those who want to be left alone will get what they want. God forces no one to accept His will, even if it provides a wonderous treasure of unspeakable worth in the next life. The problem with many is they want tangible rewards; they desire the things they can have right here and now! Sadly, their shortsightedness will cost them unspeakable loss in eternity!
It is because of this fate that we need to keep passing on the word of God! We must always remember that we have the care and help of the Holy Spirit with us. No, we don't fully understand how the Spirit works to convence men of sin, but it does happen. And we are a part of the process as we bring the "good news" of the gospel to others.