2 Timothy 3:12 Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there’s no getting around it. (The Message)
Today’s verse is of the prosperity likely to come to those who want to live all out for Jesus – although it’s not the kind of thing we typically think of when the subject of prosperity comes up. This talks about trouble, and lots of it. Why on earth would godly, Christ-like people attract trouble?
We’re not talking about being obnoxious with our faith, or pushy or reflecting unrighteous behavior of any kind. This is talking about doing it right! To put it in terms we all can relate to, we are surrounded by people who will have an allergic reaction to our loving Jesus. It’s not due to us doing anything wrong.
Jesus spoke to the disciples about this very point:
“If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.” (John 15:9 The Message)
Live on the world’s terms and it will love you. Live on God’s terms and the world will hate you!
Think about how easy it can be to get upset with those who treat Christians as though they had the plague. Of all the ills in this world, in their minds Christianity is a curse. (It’s like Jesus is getting a little too close to them.) Yet these attitudes and these people are to be expected – and the Lord has shown us what He expects of us, both in how we view these situations and how we are to respond:
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
When we live our lives sold out to Jesus, He prepares us for whatever we encounter. May our responses always glorify Him.