“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on
him, but also to suffer for his sake…” Philippians 1:29.
Believing is one
aspect of us being followers of Christ. However, that is not the only one. It
comes with extra benefits, obligations and also hardships. Suffering is one of
the “unpleasant” parts. The world is bound by sin and it opposes the truth. When
you as a follower of Christ start preaching the truth, some people will surely
not like that. They will persecute you, at least verbally. We do know that
Christians are persecuted for their faith around the world. Even, if you live
in the worst you will experience something what the Bible calls suffering. It
may not be as dramatic as our brothers experience in some Muslim countries, but
it will still be challenging and cause suffering. Let’s consider it a privilege!
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21.
a person with deep and unshakable faith can say that. We may affirm to the
statement in our minds, but we have to be of strong faith to say that. Paul saw
tremendous things that Christ did around him, in him and through him and therefore
could say such a radical statement. He saw that his religious zeal prior to
coming to Christ led to nowhere, except pain for others. He saw how sinful he
was and his desire to be with Christ was natural. Jesus has to become more real
than people around us in order for us to say that. But that is possible!
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in
knowledge and in all judgment” Philippians 1:9.
is an alive thing. It may grow or it may decrease. You probably know that love
can also die. We may kill it in others with our harsh and critical words. It
does not happen suddenly, but over a prolonged period of time. Well, that is a
negative aspect of what you can do with feelings. The positive aspect is that
you can grow any positive feeling. Sow love in others and it will grow in your
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work
in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6.
Whatever God starts He also
finishes. Look at the first chapter of Genesis. Whatever He said happened.
Whatever He intended to created, He did create. We live in the planet that He
created and enjoy all the things that He created. God has also drawn you
towards Himself. His Word saved your spirit and He will also save your soul and
body when your journey on this planet is over. He won’t drop you half along
your way. He will bring you till the very end.