Willingness to Suffer

Some people enjoy working out. For some, its one of their favorite things to do. I am not one of those. I do it because I must. I’m officially back in medium shirts…mostly. But it is not a labor of love for me. It is grueling. I wake up a little before 6am, not because I look forward to it, but because I know my options. I suffer through the workout for the sake of the results. I would like to spend just a second on this word, suffering.

A few weeks ago I started studying the seven churches of Revelation 2-3. I wrote about the first church, the Church in Ephesus in a previous post. I would like to continue talking about these churches and what we can learn from them by looking at the church in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11). The letter to the church in Smyrna is unique in that it is the only letter that includes no admonishment (criticism). Jesus, through John, doesn’t really “get onto” this church like he does the others. Essentially, he says I know your trouble. Do not be afraid of what you will suffer. Be faithful to the end and God will give you the ultimate victory.

Growing up in the American church, I have suffered almost no religious persecution. Particularly when compared to other places in the world. We hardly even know what it means to be persecuted for what we believe here in the U.S. You need to understand something though, suffering is a part of our walk with God. Suffering has the ability to do incredible things for your faith, but you have to be faithful to the end for it to do its work. You have to instinctively turn to Christ. It has to be in your character to turn to God when things get difficult.

Are you nurturing that kind of relationship with God in yourself? Are you working on a daily and weekly basis to draw near to God so that when things get difficult, He is the one to whom you instinctively turn?

Published by John-David Culbertson

I am the Associate Pastor for Students at FBC Monahans. I am a graduate of Dallas Baptist University (BA in Biblical Studies) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Advanced Masters of Divinity). I am currently enrolled as a student at Dallas Baptist University working on a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Arts in Leadership. I love Christ and I am passionate about the church. It is my goal to server the Jesus Christ in whatever capacity He would place me and wherever He would send me.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: