"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
Hockey Chat: When a hockey player pulls that jersey over his head, he takes on a different identity. He may be a great guy and friend to all, but to the opponent he is now the enemy and they have to stop him. He can’t be in the game, play on his team, and be loved by the other team. He has an identity with the team he is on and that stirs adversity with the opposition.
Life Lesson: To be chosen by God is to be called to be on His team. Don’t be surprised if that makes some people of the world treat you as an enemy. They also felt that way about Jesus because they misunderstood who He was. That didn’t shake him and don’t let it shake you either. You know who you live for. You are no longer on their team. In this life, you can live for the world or live for God. The one you choose will be the team you will be with for all eternity.