Spirit & Life Devotional
Monday Morning, April 28
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
SUFFERING FOR CHRIST
Acts 14:22 ERV “In those cities they helped the followers grow stronger in their faith and encouraged them to continue trusting God. They told them, “We must suffer many things on our way into God’s kingdom.”
Serving the Lord, isn’t fun, as many of us seem to think it is. If your own race has been without any kind of suffering as a result of what you believe, I can safely say that you’re not doing something right: you’re either not talking about Jesus or you’re not living the life the way you ought to.
2 Timothy 3:12 ERV says that “Everyone who wants to live showing true devotion to God in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Just before He left, Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have troubles. But be brave! I have defeated the world!” Hallelujah!
But when we suffer with Him we will share His glory with Him. Brothers and sisters, stop seeking for a crown without a cross! Following Jesus is a call to carry your cross and follow Him every day! A Christianity without a cross is a false one! Jesus said, “Students are not better than their teacher. Servants are not better than their master. Students should be happy to be treated the same as their teacher. And servants should be happy to be treated the same as their master. If those people call me ‘the ruler of demons,’ and I am the head of the family, then it is even more certain that they will insult you, the members of the family!” Exactly!