1 Corinthians 4:11–13 (KJV 1900)
11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; 12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: 13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
After reading these verses, is there anyone ready to sign up for Paul’s job? Are Christians who sit in comfortable churches week in and week out aware there are many Christians throughout the world who are reviled, persecuted, defamed, and treated as filth?
The world is a dangerous and evil place. Being a Christian and choosing to live a godly life is not easy and will often be met with opposition. We can expect opposition to the gospel of Christ to increase in the last days. Christian thought and values, when voiced publicly, will be met with reviling (verbal abuse), and worse. The apostles were considered scum and the offscouring of all things, meaning the stuff that is worthless and scraped off. Why should Christians in the 21st century expect any less?