Using Misfortune For Good News

Using Misfortune For Good News

"You must be careful. People will arrest you and take you to
be judged. They will beat you in their synagogues. You will
be forced to stand before kings and governors. You will tell
them about me. This will happen to you because you follow

-- Mark 13:9 (ERV)

Another part of the believer's future is harsh -- in addition to the
natural disasters and wars mentioned in previous verses. Not everyone
will like Christians. Just as Jesus was hated, so also will his
followers be hated. Some will be persecuted and even martyred for the
sake of the faith. These are not only to be expected, they are also
events that are promised before the return of Jesus. How many years the
persecution will continue, we don't know. But, they are an expected
evil that we will endure before the end. However, in the process of
facing these hardships, we will have the opportunity to share our faith
in places we might otherwise be denied a voice -- like the apostle Paul
(Acts 9, 22, 26) and others like him. So we should tell folks about
Jesus whether our audience is favorable or hostile. This is a part of
the plan. This is our opportunity to demonstrate our faith and share
our hope with a fallen world.

So true true. It's a shame that so many Christians will just set back, afraid to make any statement, and more a shame that someone who needs to hear about Him, will not because of our fears.
I wonder if that's what Christ meant when He said:

"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and the holy angels." Luke 9:26

If one cannot bring himself to share the gospel with his neighbor, will he stand persecution for his faith, or just evade it all together?