Daily Devotion, 10/29/2018, “Suffering for Jesus”
1 Peter 4:12-16, 19 NIV
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Sometimes when I travel to some spectacular place, my pastor friends will jokingly say that I’m out there “suffering for Jesus.” I appreciate their sarcasm J
There are many causes for suffering which include suffering the consequences for our actions, suffering an illness in our bodies and suffering the death of a loved one. This passage is about the very specific form of suffering we endure as the result of being Christ-followers. It’s the kind suffering experienced by those who are being persecuted because of their faith in Christ. We have our fair share of suffering in our country but for the most part, our religious freedom has shielded us from this kind of persecution based suffering. We have brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who experience this kind of suffering on a daily basis. Many become martyrs for their faith in Jesus. They are hated, tortured and killed simply because they love Jesus. You can hear some of their stories at
It is God’s will that the good news of His gospel be spread to every corner of the world, even to those parts where those bringing the gospel are endangered. It’s not so that God wants them to suffer, it’s just that persecution and suffering are inevitable in those places. Regardless of the type of suffering you are going through, the last line of this passage is for you. Commit yourself to your “faithful Creator”…put your faith in Him, trust His provision for you, know that He is with you and for you in all that you are walking through. “And continue to do good” no matter how bad life gets.
You are loved!