Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
The things of God seem to have no logic or sense when we analyze them humanely. In the natural, it is not nice to be hated, excluded, reviled and rejected as bad. When any of these things happen to us in life, we feel miserable and sad. It is unlikely that one who has something like this; he wishes to have a party and be happy. But the Lord says in Luke 6:22-23: Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven.
In 2009 I went on a mission trip to Medellin, Colombia. It was a trip in which I saw the Spirit of God moving with power and authority wherever we went. I have many anecdotes of that trip; but one that struck me most was the story of Luis, a young man whom I met in one of the churches we visited and since that he then went everywhere to the point that he did not lose even one of the services in which we minister.
Luis lived in one of the worst neighborhoods of Medellin. From a young age he was involved in criminal activities in the world of drug trafficking. His mission was to supply weapons to the gunmen. Luis lived from this job and he used to nourish his wife and the rest of his family. His income could comfortably exceed the average of his neighborhood and of course that his wife did not mind the dirty source of that money just to satisfy her material needs.
A few months before our trip to Medellin Luis history changed radically. He had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit gave him conviction of sins. Luis realized that he could not be a Christian and continue the life he led. Then he decided to nip with criminal activities and devote his life to the Lord while trying to earn a living in an honest way.
After Luis changing not only his income dwindled, it resulted that his wife began to hate him and kept away from him because of Jesus Christ. From his rebirth in Christ, Luis was teased and all kinds of abuse from his family and those closest to him. And they saw him as the bad guy for leaving the past behind and embraced the faith of the Son of God. Even many “pious” people looked askance at his criminal background and doubted his conversion.
At all times, Luis endured all these trials believing the promises that he and his household would be saved, as would happen a time later. As the case of Luis lots and the reward in heaven for those who successfully pass the trails it is more than guaranteed. I also went through my trails, like other people I know. But the important thing is to believe more in what the Lord says that what people say.
Having a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and be born again is the best experience that a human being can have in his or her life. It happened to Luis, it happened to me and it will happen to you if you open your heart to who loved you so much that He gave His life for you on the cross. When you do that, chances are that you become the object of ridicule, just like Luis, just like me. But do not fear of that because your name has been registered in heaven. God bless you.