Jesus knew exactly what kind of response His Gospel would receive from the world, the flesh and the devil. Jesus knew Christians would be persecuted. Jesus knew Christians would suffer in this world. What He prayed to His Father was – “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15).

God also knows what we should be doing while we’re still alive on the earth. He has gifted His children and given them ministries and spiritual energy to accomplish the goals of those ministries. He’s given us work to do and that work is making disciples of all nations. Whether things are going well where we live or poorly is not something that should impact whether we do what God has called us to do. In fact, it is often as Christians go through the same tough times as unbelievers that our light shines brightly for the world to see. 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Philippians 2:14-16

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