If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. – John 15:18-19
A Christian’s life is not always rosy. God’s children often go through storms and trials. When we pray, it sometimes seems like heaven is closed to us, although it is not true.
Throughout the ages, the world has hated God’s Church. This has never been different, and it will never be. This could also be said about the people of Israel. Israel has always been surrounded by enemies who are after them. These enemies cannot accept that this small country, a dot on the world map, is for the people of Israel.
What should the Church do?
Jesus says here that the world will not love us. If you walk in the light of God and do not compromise, when you have different norms and values, you will surely be excluded by the world. The world has always hunted down, persecuted and tried to destroy God’s Church.
What should the Church do? What can the Christian do? Nothing, except to continue our journey to heaven; walk through the fire, walk on the mountains and in the valleys. Once we arrive at our heavenly home, we will be able to rest.
Real Christians do not sin as the world does. They keep their backs straight while they obey God’s norms, values and laws. The Holy Spirit will help us with this.
Why do we live here as strangers?
Because our home is not here: the world is not our home. We are in a transit mode. We live in the world but are not of the world. We belong to our Lord and Savior. We have nothing to look for here because we are strangers. We think differently, talk differently, act differently and decide differently than the world. The evil one will continue to attack you. Hold on till the end and you will receive the crown of life.