Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.
Many people view Christianity to be a “safe space”, that following Christ will come with protections and prosperity which will result in a joyful easy life. If you’ve led a simple easy life as a Christian, you’re either truly blessed or you have some questions to ask yourself. Following Christ requires serving others before yourself, and there will be trials that will come close to breaking you, but in the end, will increase your faith 10-fold. The results will be a fulfilling and joyful life, oddly enough, because God will carry you through, giving you a new perspective on life as you rely on His strength and become closely knitted into His family of believers.