We’ve spent some time recently looking at a few of the promises in God’s Word. We love hearing that God will never leave us, and that Christ never changes (Hebrews 13:4,8). We love promises of that nature. But Scripture is perfectly balanced, and though we don’t like them nearly as well, the Bible also contains promises like this one:
…everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).
I don’t like it either, but look at the certainty in the words Paul chose to communicate this promise: “fact…everyone…will…” Do you realize what this means, Christian? If you want to live a godly life, you WILL, IN FACT, be persecuted. No “if’s,” no “but’s,” no “maybe’s,” and no exceptions. It’s bound to happen. To you; and to me.
If it’s coming, we should understand what “it” is. “Persecuted” in this verse is derived from a Greek word, diókó, which literally means “to be aggressively hunted.” It more commonly was used to describe being troubled, maltreated, or harassed.
Folks, if we make an earnest attempt to follow Christ, we will, at a minimum, be harassed and troubled. This world hated Christ, we should expect nothing different. In fact, if we never receive any trouble or grief for our faith, there’s a good chance we’re not being very open in our pursuit of Him.
Are you on the receiving end of some grief because of your faith? Good deal – it’s evidence you’re trying to live a godly life! –Dave