24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions (Colossians 1).
From the very beginning, Paul was God’s “chosen instrument” to bring the gospel, and was shown again and again how much he “must suffer for the sake of” His name and His gospel (Acts 9:15-16). This should be no less true for any of us. Christ suffered in order to accomplish salvation, and since we are Christ’s body here on earth, we must suffer in order to spread it. Vance Havner writes how at the Council of Nicea, (a pivotal church meeting in 325) “of the 318 delegates attending, fewer than 12 had not lost an eye or lost a hand or did not limp on a leg lamed by torture for their Christian faith.”
It is told that when someone asked C.S. Lewis why the righteous suffer, his reply was: “Why not? They’re the only ones who can take it.” It is precisely this ability to endure suffering that gets the attention of a lost world that seeks only to be pampered.
Lord, thank You for suffering for our names—that our names might be in the Book of Life. Help us This Day to be willing to suffer for yours. Amen.