Jesus says: “Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you” (1 John 3:13). Yet He also taught us to “rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt. 5:12, NASB). How do modern Christians obey this difficult directive?
“The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice: let the multitude of isles be glad!” (Ps. 97:1). Our Goal is not to upset the world but to establish worshipers. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.
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John Piper serves as founder and lead teacher at Desiring God and is chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, Piper served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He has authored more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. Piper resides in the Minneapolis area with his wife of 51 years, and has five children and 14 grandchildren.