“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. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.” —John 15:18-21
This week, we looked at the God-given concept of “work,” then we saw how victory was claimed from the perspective of a student. What about from the perspective of a man in his first job looking for the next step in life?
There came a point at my first job after college when it was clear to me the Holy Spirit was pushing me elsewhere. As I began those next steps into searching for the next door, I had someone in my life more or less persecute me.
This person didn’t believe anything I told him about my prayer life. When I shared clear, concrete examples of God speaking to me, he denied them, claiming I was “giving up” because sales was “too hard” for me.
Despite a laundry list of insults he threw, I fixed my eyes on Jesus. The enemy wanted to use these things that were said to throw me off the path, but I did not allow satan’s vicious lies to decommission me.
At my new job, I now work in a wide open mission field. I have greater flexibility to execute all of my ministry goals. I am paid more generously, which consequently enables me to give more generously.
When we belong to Christ, our hearts are a North side of a magnet. Each person in the world will either attract to our way of living (like the South side of a magnet), or hate our way of living (like the North side) until they repent from their sins (and flip themselves around).
Daily Battle Order:
Identify lies the enemy has recently thrown at you. How is he trying to pull you from your attachment to Christ? What is the Truth that combats each lie?