"For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21)
John 7:16-18 (NKJV) Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.
2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT) For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:12-14 (NKJV) giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Mark 1:14-15 (NLT) Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
His Muslim family hates him and have disowned him, and that’s a sacrifice many people aren’t willing to make. Many people want to stay friends with their current friends or hold on to their unbelieving family members, but as Christ Himself said:
Luke 12:52-53 For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Christ comes before ANYONE else. If we get to keep our friends and family once we become Christians that’s fine, and if not, tough break but He comes first. Your best friend, your spouse, your brother, your sister, your mom, your dad, your own children, NONE OF THEM are more important than Christ.
Christ didn’t promised you an easy life if you choose to follow Him. He just promised it’d be worth it.