Get Over The Hump Day: “Haters” Devotional

Everybody out there seems to be drinking the haterade these days. Relax brothers and sisters, that ain’t no surprise. When I lived in Panama City Beach, FL I waited tables at Sharky’s. It is a restaurant on the beach and boy it was boomin. That’s when I learned that people from Alabama don’t know how to tip. Sorry Alabamians, I’m just saying that it was pretty well known amongst the wait staff, I’m not just “hating” on Alabama. Go Vols! I digress. The point is that I was one of the two Christians working there at the time and when I first came on board I wasn’t well received. By the end of the summer, I was part of the family and I had the opportunity to share my faith both through my words and my actions. I’m not gonna act like I was a perfect example, but they knew what I believed and they loved me anyway. I don’t know if any of them came to know Jesus or not. I still pray for them. When I was working in Orlando it was a different story. It was obvious that some of my co-workers hated what I stood for and they were cordial to my face but it was obvious they hated what I believed. I pray for them too. Through the years I’ve seen a lot of different reactions to the fact that I’m a Christ follower. Some people love you, some hate you and others accept you for who you are but want nothing to do with your faith, more specifically my Friend, my Savior, my Lord. Accepting people is the “in” thing to do so it doesn’t shock me when people act as if they accept me even if they don’t want to hear about my beliefs. Truth is, they hate who I am. They hate who you are believer, because they hate who Jesus IS. The world doesn’t want a Lord over them. They want to be lord of their own lives and they certainly don’t think they need a Savior. At least not the One we’re telling them about. Haters gonna hate. Jesus told us that a long time ago.
JOHN 15:18-25 (NASB)
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’
It is not our job to try to make the world “like” us. We’re not popular. Please grow up. You didn’t win state, get over it (Napoleon Dynamite reference). There’s no time to be cool. Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you’re any wiser. High school is over and if you’re in High school right now it will be over soon and they won’t give you a diploma saying that you’re mature. If you’re not walking with Jesus, you’re not any wiser. The world wants to be cool. It wants power. It wants and wants and wants. It wants to fit in, and believer, believe me…you don’t and you won’t fit in. Now don’t get me wrong, we need to befriend the lost, we do need to love others and share the gospel with them, but you don’t win a ton of friends by telling them the truth. You win “worldly friends” by telling them what they want to hear. Just go ask Joel Osteen and he’ll tell you that crap works. We should live at peace the best we can with others.
Romans 12:18 (NASB) If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
The time for pansy Christians who just want to be liked is OVER. We need believers who can love people and tell them the Truth with a heart of compassion with no interest in being cool but with every interest in others coming to know Jesus with a full expectation that people will hate them and reject them because that’s what they did to The One that we’re trying to be like. Count it all joy brothers and sisters….
James 1:2-3 (ESV) Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
We need steadfastness these days, knowing there will be haters. Stand strong my brothers and sisters knowing that people will hate you.
James 1:12 (ESV) Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
We don’t need cool, we need steadfastness. Be steadfast. Be faithful. Be peaceful. Be bold. Be loving. Be kind. Produce the fruit of the Spirit in your life (GALATIANS 5:22-23).
Let’s stop flapping our lips and go live for Christ. Enough talk. (BE YE DOERS of the word and not talkers only… that what it says? OK maybe not, but you get the point).
JAMES 1:22-25 (KJV) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
“You’re welcome to come but I don’t think you’ll like it”, “This probably isn’t for you”, “This is not really your kind of place”……Have you heard these things said to you before? If so, great! People will say those things and when they do, just say, “Thanks for warning me” then leave. That place probably isn’t for you, you probably won’t like it, and it’s not you’re kind of place. Be friends with the lost, just don’t try to be like the lost cause well……then you’re both lost and two lost people have a hard time finding where they’re going.
Be steadfast. Don’t fit in. Love those who need your Savior. Be set apart. Be hated. Be ignored. Be left out. Just don’t be like the world. The day will come when we will be glorified.
ROMANS 8:16-18 (ESV) The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
PSALM 27:14 Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.
JOSHUA 1:9 This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
PSALM 31:24 So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!
Be strong. Be Courageous. Be patient. Be brave. Be glorified. Remember, haters gonna hate. That’s not you. You’re gonna love. You’re gonna display the fruit of The Spirit and you’re gonna persevere.

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