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January 08, 2012

you will suffer.

"For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him..." — Paul (Phil. 1:29)

"In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted..." — Paul (2 Timothy 3:12)

Scripture teaches that suffering and persecution are integral to being a committed follower of Christ. The successful Christian life isn't the one where suffering is avoided, but the one where we suffer for Him as He suffered for us. Does this sound radical? I guess it is. But so is Biblical Christianity.

I don't usually follow John Piper, but someone posted the video below on Facebook. It echoes some of the things that have been on my mind and challenges me. I hope it challenges you, too.

Here's a quote from the video, and then the video itself.
"Will you join the Son in displaying the supreme satisfaction of the glory of grace in joining Him on the Calvary road of suffering, because there is no other way the world is going to see the supreme glory of Christ today except that we...begin to live lifestyles of...sacrifice that look to the world like our treasure is in heaven, not on the earth.... There never has been an breakthrough unto an unreached place or people without suffering. He paid his life for our salvation. We join Him in that suffering to display the nature of it."
 

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