#DailyDevotion It Is God’s Will You Suffer For Jesus’ Name
1 Peter 412Dear friends, don’t be surprised that you’re being tested by a fiery trial as though something strange were happening to you. 13But as you share Christ’s sufferings, be happy so that you will also be full of joy when His glory will be revealed. 14If you’re insulted now for the name of Christ, you’re happy because the Spirit of glory and power, the Spirit of God, is resting on you. 150f course, none of you should suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or one who meddles in the affairs of others. 16But if you suffer for being a Christian, don’t feel ashamed, but praise God with that name. 17It is time for the judgment to start in God’s temple. But if it is starting with us, how will it end for those who refuse to listen to God’s good news? 18 If it is hard for a righteous person to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and the sinner? 19So you, too, who suffer as God wants you to suffer, entrust yourselves to your faithful Creator and keep on doing good.
Well are you going through some fiery trial? Peter tells you not to be surprised as if something strange were happening to you. I know right now, as we are under some restriction from the government because of the corona virus pandemic, many Christians feel singled out because of restrictions on churches not being to open or restrictions on what you can do during service. Well as a citizen of the United States you are certainly free to complain about it. But there are still a lot of none-Christian i.e. mundane businesses which still aren’t able to be open in some states, counties and cities. You aren’t being singled out. Just check your facts first if you feel you and your congregation are. You may have rights but the Christian is called to suffer, even sometimes unjustly under the hand of governments.
If you are suffering because you are a Christian, be happy or rather joyful for you have been found worthy to suffer for the name of Christ. (Acts 5:11) Paul writes in 2 Cor. 15“As Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so Christ makes our comfort overflow.” Also in Romans 8 he writes, 18“I think what we suffer now isn’t important when I compare it with the glory to be revealed to us.” Peter reminds us, 14If you’re insulted now for the name of Christ, you’re happy because the Spirit of glory and power, the Spirit of God, is resting on you.” Persecution for the name of Christ is “a” sign God’s Spirit is resting upon you who will raise us in glory and power on the day of Christ Revelation.
We are warned though not to suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal or one who meddles in the affairs of others. In other words, obey the civil authorities unless they tell you to do something that would break one of the commandments. And also don’t be a gossip or someone who gets into other people’s business. Such suffering for such things does not honor God.
It may surprise you but Peter says, 19“So you, too, who suffer as God wants you to suffer, entrust yourselves to your faithful Creator and keep on doing good.” In other words it is God’s will that you suffer for Christ’s sake. Therefore in all your ways commit yourself to God, trust him in everything and keep doing good. God is faithful. He does not forget you. Look at Jesus’ suffering for you for strength. Such suffering is the judgment of God upon our mortal flesh so we will be raised in immortal, glorious bodies like our LORD Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, help us to distinguish rightly when we are being persecuted for Christ’s name so we may also rejoice in it, trusting as we suffer with him we will be raised in glory with him. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.