A friend called to ask me to join him for lunch. What a pleasure catching up and joining him for fellowship. Throughout my
The invitations we experience to join in with others are usually pleasurable, educational, or great opportunities. We live lives that are for the most part unaccustomed to joining in on an experience that might be difficult and painful. Paul shares in countless verses how suffering is a reality when Christians put God first. Yet what Paul shares about suffering in 1 Peter 4:13 is that its benefits and results are an insurmountable joy, “Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.” (NIV) The time lost can bring a smile to the heart when you see the gratitude of the one being helped. The fear of rejection for sharing Christ is lost in the exhilaration of seeing one come to salvation in Jesus. Any loss (such as time, money, rejection) you might experience for living righteously is overshadowed by a deepening relationship with God.
The Gospel that saved you and continues to transform you is yours, but are you willing to step into it? Paul asks you to think long-term in 2 Timothy 2:3, “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” (NIV) Out of your
Romans 8:17-18 “Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (NIV)
Do you know someone who needs this message on being a good soldier for Christ? If so, sign them up to receive weekly or forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ.