Ever since Jack Nicholson said that line in A Few Good Men it has been one of the most quoted lines in man movie history. It ranks right up there with “I think you need a bigger boat” and “I coulda been a contender.” And all of these quotes capture an inate inborn hunger of man, the hunger to be tough. The desire to be able to handle any difficulty that comes our way. The want to be a “man.”

The Truth is, only in following in the walk of Christ can you truly be a man.

The Truth is that it’s not an easy walk. Of all of the worlds religions, only Christianity demands so much for asking so little up front.

The Truth is that only the toughest man can truly answer the call.

The Truth is that every man is given the ability at birth to answer the call.

If you are here and you are still reading, you know that the one calling is God, but what exactly is he calling you too?

Jesus tells us pretty clearly that we are being called to pain, persecution, and hatred. John 15: 18-25 reads: 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 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. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

So let me ask you. Are you tough enough for the truth of what he has called you to. Are you ready to be persecuted? Are you ready to be hated? Are you ready to reveal the world’s sins to it to suffer for the revelation?

Until the Whole World Knows,


  1. jelillie says:

    I am not sure I am ready but I am trusting that at the proper moment my God will give me the strength to stand. It is prophesied. The persecution will come. Even freedom of religion cannot stop it. But the “gates of Hell shall not prevail against the church”. I will be ready. I will stand in the love of Christ! Thanks for the post.

    • Paul S says:

      After meeting some pastors from persecuted countries this summer, I know that it is coming, and I pray for the strength He has given so many others.

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