“Rejoice” is a strong word when used in the context of suffering

The Loser’s Plan
If We Endure – Part 2

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:11-13

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 2:12

if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us

I concluded yesterday’s devotional with a question:  Did you understand that it would take endurance to finish your walk with Christ?  I fear that this gets missed in our presentations of the Gospel.  We love talking about being saved, and that is a wonderful thing.  We never hesitate to speak of God’s great love for us, and we should never stop talking about it, but we have to start talking more about the hardships that must be endured if we are going to finish strong in Christ!  The Apostle Peter pushes this idea to a whole new level: “But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).  Wow!  “Rejoice” is a strong word when used in the context of suffering.

            The good news in all this is that we do not endure suffering alone.  God’s power is at work in us.  The Bible assures us that we can endure by experiencing divine power: “Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that we may have great endurance and patience…” (Colossians 1:9-11).  We must never leave this part of the Gospel out of our conversations.  Being Christ followers means there will be a cross to bear, but it is accompanied with God’s help so we can do all things by His strength (Philippians 4:13).

Father, I choose to follow you and understand that takes endurance on my part.  I will be faithful, leaning on your power.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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