“But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles” (Matthew 10:17-18).
We mustn’t be so naïve as to think man inherently good. He’s not; he is depraved. Into this world Jesus sends us out assuming not success but rejection. When vigorously pursued, one’s faith will clash with political forces and the religious establishment. It is in these trials of rejection, testing, adversity, and hardship, however, that we find opportunity for the quality of our faith to shine through. Without planning or preparation, it is in such seasons that we discover ourselves having backed into a missional moment. To those who would never listen to a sermon, our response to suffering speaks the hope of the gospel.