2 Timothy 2:12 – “If we endure with Him, we will also reign with Him. If we disown Him, He will also disown us.”
The Christian life is like running an obstacle race. To be a follower of Christ, one must be willing to bear any hardship that comes across him. Hardships can be in the form of contempt, anger, abandonment, purposefully being ignored, spitefully spoken about, abusive language, etc. from family, friends or anyone. Though the journey is tough, God gives you the strength to endure these hardships. In your workplace, you might be treated harshly because you are a true Christian, not willing to participate in any wrongdoing that would offend Christ and affect your testimony as a Christian. Do not worry. God sees and honours the fact that you have kept yourself holy, as He who has called you is also holy. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:10). What an exceeding joy to know that you are blessed and the kingdom of heaven is yours if you are persecuted for following Christ!!!!!!!!!!
Paul endured a great deal of suffering for spreading the gospel which is recorded in 2 Corinthians 11:23-29. The martyrs for Christ suffered in this life with a hope that they would reign together with Christ in heaven. When they were imprisoned and tortured for their faith, they held steadfastly to their faith.
To endure hardship with Christ we must:
- Remember that Jesus Christ was risen from the dead (2 Tim. 2:8).
- Remember that God’s Word is powerful (2 Tim. 2:9).
- Remember that God’s sovereign purpose in saving His elect will surely succeed (2 Tim. 2:10).
- Remember that God’s promises are trustworthy (2 Tim. 2:11).
- Remember that you are a prisoner of Christ (2 Tim. 1:8).
- Remember to keep doing what God has called you to do (2 Tim. 4:1-5).
- Remember the times when God has rescued you from various persecutions (2 Tim. 3:11).
- Remember that you are not alone in your suffering (Col. 1:24).
In all your sufferings, remember the life of Christ, His suffering and sacrifice for you (2 Tim. 2:3). Jesus triumphed over Satan, sin and death (2 Tim. 2:8). He has promised that He is going to prepare a place for us in heaven, He would come back and take us with Him (John 14: 2-3). The reward of enduring suffering is to be with Christ for ever.