If there is one thing in this life that I attempt to avoid, it's pain and persecution. I don't know anyone that enjoys it. Unlike many in this world, we as the American Church find ourselves fairly sheltered from it. This concerns me. I am often haunted by the words of 2 Timothy 3:12, "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted."
Listen to John Piper's words and consider your life of sacrifice.
To live a radical life of sacrifice for Christ is both our highest calling as well as the highest honor we can ever achieve.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
HT to Adam.