"People will do all this to you because of me. They don't know the One who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to the people of the world, then they would not be guilty of sin. But now I have spoken to them. So they have no excuse for their sin. Any person that hates me also hates my Father. I did things among those people that no other person has ever done. If I had not done those things, they would not be guilty of sin. But they have seen those things I did. And still they hate me and my Father. But this happened so that what is written in their law would be true: 'They hated me for no reason.'"
— John 15:21-25 NLT
When Jesus' disciples today face rejection, persecution, hardship, and hatred because of their faith, they need to know that they are not alone. Jesus faced these things. Other Christians before them have faced these things. That rejection, whether today or in years past, is not the rejection of the disciple, but the rejection of God. Jesus' disciples never go to face hardship alone. They are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses testifying that it is worth every effort and hardship to endure to the end. They are accompanied by a God who lives inside them by his Spirit and promises to never leave them or forsake them. Jesus' disciples must not take their persecution and mistreatment personally; they're not being rejected, but God, and his will and his grace are being rejected. Jesus' disciples need to be faithful and they will find the victory crown of life that awaits them!
Give me courage, dear Father, so that I will always live passionately and faithfully for you and your Kingdom. Give me strength to never compromise my faith, my integrity, or my morals when facing hardship, scrutiny, or mistreatment. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Hebrews 12:1-4
- Luke 10:16
- 2 Timothy 3:10-14
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.