1. Your likability
Jesus said, “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” Luke 6:26 NIV
In other words, the ones the crowds like are the ones who tell them what they want to hear.
However, if you are going to be open about sharing the same values as Jesus, you are going to be hated by some.
But Jesus promises us a blessing when we are not liked, for His sake:
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.” Matthew 5:26
Yes, we should be the light of the world, shining the love of Jesus everywhere we go, but not everybody likes the light. Jesus said so,
“All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.” John 3:20 NLT
When people dislike you because of what you say is right and wrong, remember, it’s not you that they do not like, its Jesus. They would not say that because most think Jesus was a good guy, but if they truly knew what He says is right and wrong, they would realize it is actually Him they do not like.
2. Your comfortability
Following Jesus will always take you out of your comfort zone! Whether it is giving money to the kingdom of God (where your money is there you will find your heart), or humbling yourself to your husband or wife, or witnessing to a friend, following Jesus will cost you comfort.
But the results will be supernatural. God will multiply what you give and return it to you, He will heal your marriage through your humility, and many will come to Jesus because of your courage to share your faith.
It will all be worth it!
3. Your compatibility with sin
“What common interest can there be between goodness and evil? How can light and darkness share life together?” 2 Corinthians 6:14b
Jesus told us that if your hand causes you to sin to cut it off. And if it is your eye, pluck it out. Obviously, He was using metaphors. He was saying we must be ruthless with sin. Sin is tough, stubborn, and binding. That is why you cannot negotiate or compromise with it. You must do whatever is necessary to cut it off!
If you do, this is when you will experience true freedom. Freedom to run your spiritual race. You cannot run the speed you are capable of with sin tying you down!
I was on my morning run today while thinking about this devotional, and I imagined trying to run with a weight tied to my ankle. It was hard enough without a weight!
Hebrews 12 tells us that to run our spiritual race, we MUST lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us.
Break free of your need to be liked by everyone so you can follow Jesus.
Do not allow your comfort to be your goal in life, but rather your contribution.
And do not make alliances with sin. Cut it off and run your race with Jesus at full speed.