How often do you receive an invitation to come and suffer? Reading this verse from the world’s point of view offers little appeal to the reader. If you want pain from me, you had better make a well-reasoned argument. This statement for suffering seems dry and unappealing rather than appealing to the grandeur of a larger vision.
Now read this sentence through the lens of the Holy Spirit. In 2 Timothy 1:8, Paul invites you to join him “for the gospel.” In Luke 9:23, Jesus instructs you how to live for the gospel: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (NIV) Paul is
This short verse reflects the exchanged life of living for Christ. You must be willing to suffer for Jesus if you want to experience Him. Most are not willing to give God that chance because their lives are dedicated to self and to tomorrow rather than to God. Until you are willing to stop restraining God by living for self and allowing tomorrow to control your life, you will struggle to experience the power of God. This
Accept Paul’s invitation to suffer knowing that your life is in God’s hands. You live not for the things of this world, but for the Gospel that brings salvation and life to all who know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Savor not the things of this world, but the experience of being a part of God’s power in this world. Are you praying for wants, needs, and comfort, or are you asking God to join you in your suffering, so that God’s maximum work can be done? Respond as Peter did in John 13:9, “‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not (wash) just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’” (NIV)
2 Timothy 1:12 “That is why I (Paul) am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.” (NIV)
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