Jesus made it crystal clear throughout the Gospels…”All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22, Mark 13:13, John 15:21) When you give your life to Jesus you suddenly have a target on your back & are open to the world’s ridicule, mockery, insults, & contempt. Sure, you can remain quiet & secretive, hiding your confession of faith under a barrel so to speak…but you become utterly useless in Kingdom work. Or you can stand strong in your belief, persevering patiently & suffering well…never surrendering or succumbing under the trials you face. Jesus never promised we’d have a smooth, trouble-free life as a Believer…quite the opposite! But He did promise He’d be right beside us to the end.