In so many places you sense that your testimony for Christ is not appropriate. That people give you the rolling eye. That other transitory things have arrested their attention. And to those things of the world, those idols, they heap all of their spare time, conversation and interest. At times this dissipation almost brings you to tears. The time is late...for a particular life, or for society as we know it.
I remember reading Samuel Rutherford as he referred to such distractions as "foil wrapped treats".
The reproach which you experience for the things you dare to say or the life you dare to live, should not come as a surprise. Read Hebrews 13: 12-16 or the Beatitudes in Matthew 5: 3-12.
I woke up this morning early with a particular word of encouragement on my mind. It is God's good point of view on your carrying and communicating the Gospel News as you are led by the Spirit. It is found in Isaiah 52 (and later reiterated by the Apostle Paul in Romans 10):
6Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
8Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
9Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
10The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.