Name Tags: You Are... (Part 92)
So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name.
Acts 5:41 (NKJV)
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 (NKJV)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18 (NKJV)
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the Gospel according to the power of God.
2 Timothy 1:8 (NASB)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What can I say about suffering? Some among you have suffered so much, and my own angst is light on the scale, compared to hunger and homelessness; war, violence and persecution.
Is depression just an indulgence, an internal triviality, when our external life has been easy? Is it Satan's intimate knife-thrust when evil smirks in pretty houses? Does God allow pain to pierce our hearts so we will seek the One True Healer?
Like nothing else, suffering ties us to other sufferers as magnets pulled together by common hardships. So we mourn with our grieving neighbors. Doors and hands open that once were closed.
But more, suffering brings us to Christ, as we cry at the foot of His Cross.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Reveal your suffering to the world to reveal the Man Who suffered more. Confess your vulnerability to show sufferers they're not alone. You'll draw lost lambs to you and to Him in a way no grand sermon can match.
And when you speak to them heart-to-heart, when you share how you overcame grief, and how you discovered lasting joy, the Lord's Great Commission is fulfilled.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.