BCL Grow: A Good Soldier — 2 Timothy 2:3
2 Timothy 2:3 (Sanctification)
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Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. — 2 Timothy 2:3
“The life of the apostle Paul and others in the New Testament should have shown us quite clearly that God has never promised us that we are going to be exempt form suffering in any way. ” — John Gwyn-Thomas, Rejoice…Always!, p. 30.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Some preachers and teachers today proclaim that God’s chief concern is for you to be happy here in this life. They may tell you that, if you are walking the Christian life properly, you will be wealthy and healthy. Therefore, If you are ill or poor, the problem is that you do not have enough faith. God is just waiting to bless you with earthly riches.
2. Know: Many faithful servants of God in the Bible suffered greatly. Jesus was perfectly obedient to God the Father; yet, he was persecuted persecution by the Pharisees, didn’t even have a place to call his own, and even suffered the abandonment of his friends before he went to the cross to be killed. Jesus tells his disciples that they will suffer, because the world who hated him will also hate his followers.
3. Act: Jesus Christ lived and died so that you might have eternal life if you trust in him. As his follower, however, you are light in a dark world, and the world and the devil will persecute you. Also, because sin affects our bodies, they will go through physical decay, and we will suffer with aging bodies that don’t work well. Remember that Jesus is preparing a place for you in the new heavens and new earth where you will have no more suffering from persecution or from a degenerating body. The miracles Jesus performed were a taste of the healing that will take place in heaven. But until Jesus comes again, rejoice in his salvation and grow closer to him through your sufferings as you trust and depend upon him.