I had a revelation the other night that I felt added some clarity to a subject many including me, struggle with. Thought I'd share...
Many places in the bible make reference to the fact that we, as believers, will suffer for Christ. Most take that to mean literally suffer at the hand of a non-believer for admitting we are Christians. And while this is certainly the case in many third-world countries, thankfully, most of us in this country do not have to face persecution because of our beliefs –Or do we?
Have you ever found yourself wondering about the unfairness of the way the world seems to work? I know I have. When you see the highly over-compensated CEO of a company that has clawed his way to the top by stepping on others along the way; not caring who he hurt, what lies he had to tell or who he had to cheat to get there; living in a million dollar mansion, driving his Porche seemingly unscathed by any hardship; while the dedicated young Pastor loses his forty year old wife to a medical mistake and leaving their children without a mother; or the Christian woman that has given her life to serving the Lord suffers and loses her battle with breast cancer; or the Sunday school teacher loses his teenage son to a drunk driver? Makes you wonder how that is just doesn't it?
When the bible speaks of suffering for Christ, it doesn’t just mean facing a terrorist’s gun and being given the choice to deny Christ and live or admit you’re a Christian and die. It also means suffering through all Satan and his world can throw at you because you’ve chosen to follow Christ.
His mission is to hit you with everything he’s got to cause you to stumble; he wants to cast doubt on your beliefs; destroy your faith and ruin your witness for the Lord.
"Take up your cross and follow me." should have been a hint that the Christian life would not be easy remembering where Jesus's cross lead Him. Satan has placed a target on your head because he doesn’t already have you.
Could it be that Christian's pay the consequences of their sins here where Satan rules and reigns and have eternal life in Paradise while that unrepentant CEO may live in comfort untouched by tragedy here, but have eternity in Hell waiting for him?