Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. – Colossians 1:24
Is there still suffering for the church today? I’m sure many of us can come up with examples we have experienced or know in which suffering has happened. There are different types of suffering which affect us physically and/or emotionally. There are some kinds of tribulations experienced in other countries that we cannot grasp what that would be like. Is it all worth it?
There’s a lot of treasure mined as we journey through challenges and trials. It is through the struggles where we really discover who we are, who we belong to, who we can trust, and what we are really made of. Without the hard times, we would remain oblivious to many things in life. There would be no growth in us.
So is it worth suffering for the church … the Body of Christ? Jesus seemed to think so. He willingly gave his life for it. Paul knew he lacked some spiritual things and by suffering was able to become stronger for the church. Perhaps that is why James wrote to consider it pure joy to suffer (James 1:2).
Prayer: Lord, the suffering I have experienced has made me stronger and thank you for that. I pray that I can trust you in any circumstance that comes knowing you are using it for your kingdom good. Amen
Faith Tip: Look at an area of your life in which you suffer and try to see how God is working through you in this.