You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. - Matthew 10:22
I counsel often with many public people. Leaders who are strong men and women of faith, but share a common struggle - the overwhelming importance they place on who likes them and who don't.
God never calls anyone or asks anyone He calls to make it a point to be “liked.” In fact the opposite is true.
Jesus guarantees if we follow Him we not only will not be liked – but hated.
This is especially true in today’s hyper-charged politically correct culture and especially so for public people of faith serving in a culture of anti-anything Christian.
Take heart. People may not like you but live and serve in such a way that they can’t help but respect you.
All of life is cyclical. Power is fleeting. People and positions are temporary.
Don’t base the permanence or priority of your worth; or, the worth of your work on the temporary “likes” of temporary people.
Only God can judge you and only He can reward you in things that matter.
They will never tell you but trust me your worst enemy, the one who hates you most, criticizes you most, tears you down most, is the very one who most wish they could be like you or take your place.
It’s not a matter of them “liking” you as much as wishing they could be like you!
As a public servant and certainly a public servant of faith, when you stand on Truth and do what is right based upon Truth there always will be those who won’t like you. They’re not supposed to.
As for you, return hate not with hate but with a smile. Why? Because their very hatred of you should bring you joy in knowing that you look so much like Jesus that they hate you for it!
If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you - Jesus (John 15:18)
As people we all want to be liked. The reality is as a Christian we won't be. Not only will many not like us, they will hate us. But it's all good.
When you live for Christ and seek to represent Him expect people to hate you and stop trying to please them. If Jesus couldn't being God, we sure can't being human.
Published on Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 9:45 AM CDT