The Privilege of trusting Jesus

Being able to trust Christ is indeed a privilege. He is our only hope in trying situations. And these will surely come. Character is built in the crucible of adversity. There is no other way. Suffering is necessary. Even Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered (Heb 5:8). But why is character so important? Because it is what will prepare us to rule and reign with Christ for all eternity. Our Lord is coming back for a Bride that is ready for this. And so everything he does is to prepare his Bride. Seen in this light, suffering is a privilege. Because without it, then he who began a good work in you will NOT be able to complete that work. Suffering, therefore, is inevitable (Heb 12:5-10) and necessary (Heb 12:11). Ask the Lord not to change your difficult and painful circumstances, rather to change you through your pain and suffering. Is it not only when the olives are crushed that the anointing oil is released? Is it not when the seed falls into the ground and dies that it begins to bear much fruit? There can be no resurrection life without death. A theology that has no place for suffering is a theology that has no place for Christ. As the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned in his book, The Cost of Discipleship, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” So my friend, if you are facing difficulty or pain right now, fear not. God is working in you. Your present suffering cannot be compared to the glory that awaits you. For no eye has seen, no ear has heard, neither has it entered into the mind of man what God has prepared for those who love him. Be strengthened in the power of Christ’s might.
Courtesy of: Pastor Josef Zabarte

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