“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours."
I wish I could show people just a glimpse of the happiness and peace I have now that the Holy Spirit lives in my heart. It's so real, yet it makes me sound like such a fool to the world. Why do people laugh at the sight of someone reading the bible? Why are people so quick to judge Christians? Yes, we have a lifestyle change, but we are essentially still the same person. I am judged by the close relationship I have with God, but I don't judge anybody. I plant the seed through my lifestyle and sharing what I know about my new found peace. But no one will cross the line of living a Christian life until they are ready. It's not my place to judge anybody. I try to live by Matthew 7:1-5:
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."
So again, I wish I could lead everyone to the truth, but I can only plant the seed. No one believes me when I tell them that if they pray, read the bible, and go to church for a place for fellowship, they live a happier life. I have learned the hard way by giving away my books and buying people bibles... it's not that easy. It sounds so cliche nowadays to hear someone say "Jesus Christ died for your sins." It usually goes through one ear and out the other. I know, because it went right through me too. I didn't care. I knew, but I didn't care. Think about it... imagine yourself tortured and beaten to DEATH, to save everyone else. Jesus was so beaten that he didn't look human!
"Everyone was afraid of how he looked. He did not even look human. Nobody would recognize him as a man." Isaiah 52:14
I will continue to pray for my friends and family in hopes that one day their eyes will be opened; hopefully it's before judgement day.