We rejoice in so far as we share in the sufferings of Christ. Jesus’s own life serves as the pattern for all Christians. Following Jesus will inevitably involve imitating him in both sacrifice and suffering. We ought not be surprised at suffering and adversity. Instead, we must recognize that suffering for the cause of Christ is one of the great privileges given to those who represent him in this world.
To follow Jesus is to be like him, to live sacrificially as he did and to suffer for God’s will as he did. He will grant us the wisdom, grace, and strength to suffer as a Christian, for his sake, to please him as we seek to advance his Kingdom.
Thank you, Jesus, for your model of life; you followed God’s will, regardless of the cost or the issues. Give us the same heart as you have, and give us the same spirit of obedience as you gave to the Lord. In your name we pray, amen.
The holy priesthood is to live holy lives before God and the world (1 Peter 3:12), allow their good works to bring glory to God (1 Peter 2:12) and even use worthless good conduct as means of winning unbelievers to Christ, even – or especially – within the context of suffering. Believers are being formed into a community of sanctified priests whose purpose is to worship God in the spirit by the performance of sacrificial deeds.
~ Uche Anizor and Hank Voss, Representing Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. p. 47.
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