You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Jesus' words are very strong! His emphasis is for a reason.
Discipleship can be hard and demanding; most people want things simple and easy. The values that disciples are called to put into place in their lives are not going to be the most popular ones. “So be ready!”
Jesus is telling us. “Be ready to face criticism and rejection.” But while we know it may be an uphill battle to change the hearts of men and women, we can be God's tools to bless others and to lead them closer to him!
And for us, salvation in all its glory awaits us at the end of the journey.
Heavenly Father, give me the tools I need to be a faithful disciple. Please give me the wisdom and the courage to balance my understanding of the world with your passion to redeem it. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.