In my sermon preparation, I came across the following quote from one of my old seminary professors, Emilie Townes. I don’t know if I’ll have room for it in the sermon, but it’s too good not to share:
The discipleship to which Jesus calls us not only offers us rest but also guarantees us persecution. — Emilie Townes 
Not only is important to prepare for persecution, but we also need to discern between actual persecution and the mere loss of a previously privileged position.
 Emilie M. Townes, “Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30: Theological Perspective,” in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, Year A, vol. 3 (Louisville (Ky.): Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 214.