"And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles."
If the first Christians had not faced persecution in Jerusalem, it is possible they never would have left the comfort of their homes and the gospel would never have spread beyond Jerusalem's walls. God will sometimes use hard circumstances -- even persecution -- to move us out of our comfort zone. "You may be wondering why God has turned up the heat right now; why the pressure is growing. Maybe He wants to make a change in your life, and you won't move unless He squeezes you to do it. Oh you can stubbornly choose the pain of staying put if you want or you can obediently choose what He knows is best for you in His kingdom. Now if you're feeling the pressure right now, it isn't so much that God is mad at you - He's just got something better for you, something bigger for you, and He wants you to choose it." -- Ron Hutchcraft