BUT, realize when you do all these things, it IS for certain that you will:
Lose friends like Jesus did.
Lose family members like Jesus did.
Have people ignore you like they did to Jesus.
Have those who were the closest to you, as best friends, even, no longer want to talk to you or see you anymore, like what they did to Jesus (that actually happened to Joseph and Mary, His parents, as well).
Have people hate you for no reason at all, like they hated Jesus.
Have people ostracize you, like they did Jesus.
Have people tell lies about you, like they did to Jesus.
Have some want to even harm you or kill you, like how they wanted to do to Jesus.
Have some put curses on you, like they did with Jesus.
Have people not include you in family gatherings anymore, because your love for Jesus.
Have people try to silence you because of your love for Jesus.
The devil moves people to see you as their enemy, because you put God and His Word first in your life, as Jesus did.
They will persecute you, because they persecuted Jesus.
No matter how many times you reach out,
No matter how many times you try to let them know you still love them,
No matter how many times you tell them you miss them and want to stay in touch with them,
No matter how successful and accomplished you can be-if you love Jesus, most will have hardly anything to do with you.
But did not Jesus tell us that would all happen? He did.
Is it still worth following Him, then, to lose all those who would rather not have anything to do with you, because of your love for the Lord Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit?
Is it REALLY all worth it?
YES, IT IS.
I do not like it; it breaks my heart that loved ones have nothing to do with me anymore. And if you are a follower of Christ, it WILL happen to you too.
BUT I will STILL go on, loving, caring, praying, forgiving, being patient with and serving others, even if while I’m here on this Earth, I do not see the “fruit” of my labors. I will see them fulfilled One Day, when my Lord soon calls me Home, and honestly, that is really all that matters.
Jesus IS all that matters to me.
Because as HE hung on that Cross, I was ALL that MATTERED to HIM.