Topic: Suffer And Reign With Him – Higher Every Day by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi | Date: Wednesday May 9, 2018.
“If we suffer,we shall also reign with him:if we deny him,he also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12).
John Scott declared that,”The fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith.” The world is increasing in hostility against Christians. Our Lord too was persecuted and rejected to the point of death on the cross. He had foretold His followers that the world would persecute them and deny them of their rights and privileges, just for their obedience to God’s word and life of righteousness.
Apostle Paul, who equally suffered a lot of persecution for preaching the gospel of Christ in his life time, gave this counsel to all Christians: “Yea,and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). For Christian youths. persecution may come because of their refusal to join their mates to cheat during exams, rejecting entreaties from friends to sin, sharing the gospel to unbelieving teachers,and preferring to obey God than human sinful commands. Jesus expects us to prayerfully endure such persecutions to the end so that we can reign together with Him in His eternal kingdom.
Challenge: Righteous suffering for Christ’s sake leads to eternalbliss of rest.
Prayer: Help me Lord to enÂ dure allsufferings for you to the end
Quote: The world is increasing in hostility against Christians