Just a short blog post about how we in this country cry out for suffering when we most of us truly have no idea what real suffering is. Now don’t get me wrong I know that there are people who suffer greatly but, I guess I am talking about us who whine about our second car going out or our internet is to slow or the fact that the utility bill is too high. Here is the
Here is the the thing, At least we have a car, at least we have the internet and at least we have a house with power and all the conveniences that we take for granted. I am not pointing the finger at anybody but myself here.
Our GMC is have air conditioning issues and I found myself complaining about it. WOW! I have the ability to fix it and at least I still have a car. I wounder if when the bible talks about suffering – do we really get it? Jesus tells us that we will have persecution and that we will suffer like He did. Think about that! We are so concerned with our first world issues that we just don’t get the real meaning of suffering. Read this passage:
Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same resolve–because the One who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin– in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. For there has already been enough time spent in doing the will of the pagans: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. In regard to this, they are surprised that you don’t plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation–and they slander you. They will give an account to the One who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead, so that, although they might be judged by men in the fleshly realm, they might live by God in the spiritual realm. Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be clear-headed and disciplined for prayer. Above all, keep your love for one another at full strength, since love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. If anyone speaks, his speech should be like the oracles of God; if anyone serves, his service should be from the strength God provides, so that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. Dear friends, when the fiery ordeal arises among you to test you, don’t be surprised by it, as if something unusual were happening to you. Instead, as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah rejoice, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory. If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a meddler. But if anyone suffers as a Christian, he should not be ashamed, but should glorify God with that name. For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God? And if the righteous is saved with difficulty, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? So those who suffer according to God’s will should, in doing good, entrust themselves to a faithful Creator.
(1 Peter 4:1-19)
Here is a couple of thoughts:
1. Even though we are going through a hardship or suffering we are to still serve other in love.
2. Our love should be at full strength through suffering because love covers a multitude of sins.
3. Suffering dose not stop the use of our gifts.
4. Suffering is blessing because this will cause us to have God rest on us.
5. Suffering for Christ is not shameful.
6. Some suffering is caused by our own free will and choice.
I know this seems really heavy for a 10:00pm post but felt like I needed to share that. Have a blessed night!
In His Grip,
This Sunday I be preaching a sermon called, Suffering FOR Hope. I pray you all will be about to come! See you then!