Matthew: Jesus is describing what life will be like as a believer. He has told several prospective disciples that life will be hard perhaps to test their resolve, more likely to frighten the feint of heart. The same here. What Jesus says here hardly qualifies either as a pep talk nor a call for enlistment. But what He says to us about persecution is to flee it. Once you are dead you serve no longer here on earth. Then there will be no persecution.
Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 14:1-12
Old Testament: Jeremiah 36:27 – 37:2