DAILY DEVOTION, Dec. 5, 2021
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21, NIV).
Part of me wishes this verse and others like it were not in the Bible! What does it mean to be called to the Christian faith? It means many things. The emphasis in our verse is to remind us that we are called to suffer for the sake of the Kingdom. We are disciples of Jesus. He suffered a miserable crucifixion for us, and we are called to follow His example.
I remember hearing the testimony of a young Moslem converted to Christ. His father was planning to execute his son by decapitation unless he renounced Jesus. His mother stepped in and saved his life, but the young man was willing to die rather than abandon his faith in Jesus. What does faith in Jesus provide for us? On the positive side, our sins are forgiven, and heaven is our destiny. These are blessings that far surpass any suffering we endure here on earth. Jesus set the example. We are to follow in His steps whatever the cost. When we suffer for Jesus, He is there with us to help us get through it. He does not abandon us. Most of our suffering is minor compared to the young Moslem. How much suffering are we willing to endure for Jesus’ sake?
Father, I must confess that I do not like suffering! I pray that if and when suffering comes my way, I will remain steadfast in my trust in Jesus. In His name, I pray, Amen.