Jesus said to his disciples: "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me." John 15:18-19, 21
As Jesus was telling his disciples these things, he was also telling us. We have seen through the years, the many who suffered for the sake of following Jesus. How they are hated all because they chose to follow Jesus than follow the world. It seems when people hate it's because they lack that particular quality they need.
It seems so very true too, that the world loves it's own. When we have many material things and let the world take over our desires then the world has won our hearts. It is then, those who follow the way of the Lord are despised, for their strength to leave the world's desires, and live in the way of God. It's is sad when those who follow the Lord find joy in the desires of the world, and not in him. It's a comfort to know that we do not belong to the world, for then we are truly chosen ones. Against all the hatred, and all the persecution for the sake of Jesus name. They do not know the one who sent Him. Can anyone say they do not belong to the world then?