One of my deepest convictions is that the Church of the 21st century needs to further develop their theology of suffering. We have focused so much on a “me” centered gospel that it has left us completely unprepared for the days leading up to Christ’s return.
We will not be delivered from all suffering. In fact, there is often deep purpose in it for us. We see facets of who God is and therefore grow in the knowledge of God in the midst of suffering. Suffering and staying committed to Jesus is perhaps the most powerful witness of Christ’s presence in our life. It can awaken those who do not believe around us. There is both benefit and beauty in the suffering of the Godly.
One of the most powerful testimonies I’ve heard came from a very committed young lady I served as pastor. What she shared with me changed me.
There is such beauty there. I want to know Him, both the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering.