“But you have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, and endurance, along with the persecutions and sufferings that came to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from them all. In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
2 Timothy 3:10-12
Why does the world want to persecute those who want to live a "Godly life in Christ Jesus?"
What is threatening about a man or woman who is filled with the fruit of the Spirit and walks according to the Spirit's leading?
It is the classic struggle between light and darkness. One tiny flame dispels the darkness in a large room. Even a dim light is enough for people to see how to move about in safety. For darkness to exist at all it must extinguish all of the light. One spark can be the beginning of a large fire that dispels all the darkness.
One person seeking to live a godly life provides enough light for everyone around to see the truth. Godliness threatens the world like light threatens darkness. Persecution comes when darkness tries to put out the light.
As the children's song so appropriately says, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine."
Fan the flame because Jesus said "You are the light of the world!"