Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Prepared to Suffer"
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Prepared to Suffer, given on August 13, 2017.
The Scriptures are not shy on the topic of suffering. Jesus was clear that troubling circumstances are part of life for us. But why should we suffer? And how are we to assess our suffering? Is there any reason to suffer instead of trying to get our own way? As CJ pastored us this week from 1 Peter, he reminded us that there is both a call to suffer, and a proper motivation to accept suffering for Christ’s name. Ultimately, we can know that our suffering is viewed with the deepest affection by our Father who recognizes that, as we suffer in His name, He is watching and will give the final assessment. The effects of suffering are overwhelmed by God’s gracious love in Christ, and His verdict is the one that counts!
Read 1 Peter 4:1-6
Consider verse 2. CJ said, “Suffering is a sign demonstrating Christians are no longer governed by the passions and pursuit of sin.” What passions/desires have you laid aside out of a love for Christ?
Can you recall persecution you experienced for the sake of the gospel?
How does reflecting on what Christ has saved you from motivate praise for God’s grace?
Of the list of ways we can prepare/arm ourselves for suffering, which options make your list?
[post written by Tyson Ziegler]