The scripture says, in this world you will be persecuted. You will have trouble. You will look like a fool. People will make fun of you. They will question your actions. They might call you names.
The encouraging thing in these words in Luke is that God intends the persecution and imprisonments to be a strategic opportunity for witness to the truth of the gospel. Luke 21:13—”This will be a time for you to bear testimony.”
When this happens. You have 2 options. You can quit, shut up, drop out. You can blend in. You can decide never to get your hands dirty for Jesus again. You can quietly live your life as closet follower of God.
OR…or you could allow God to restore you. You could ask him to help you in your time or persecution. You could use it as a place of strength. You could use it as a platform to motivate you.
Paul was one of the greatest evangelists and apostles EVER. So much of Paul’s successes weren’t in his plan at all. But they were in God’s plan.
God is the master evangelistic planner. What He wants is people who wear the shoes of readiness to move with the gospel (Ephesians 6:15).
The armor of God there is the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit and there is the shoes fitted with the gospel of peace.
This means your feet are always ready to move where God wants to take you. Your hands are always ready to get dirty when you get there. Once we are moving with a heart for lost people, there will be many interruptions and surprises—but none of them without purpose.
Its been said that 80 percent of Jesus ministry was interruption. It was people who came up to him, Jesus was just ready all the time. He was prepared for it. Are you? Ask God to interrupt you.