“…I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.” Ephesians [3:13]
Suffering is hard!
There’s just no way to sugar-coat it. For the person in chronic pain, for the individual who is so lonely that it aches, and for the soul who longs for something better than their current existence—suffering is difficult. The Apostle Paul knew suffering. Jailed often and beaten numerous times, Paul understood from personal experience the pain of suffering. Yet, in the midst of his suffering, he could see beyond his situation. He could see a greater purpose in his agony. He could see a greater benefit that would come from his trials.
Paul was suffering in prison when he wrote to the Ephesians. He was suffering for the passion in his heart to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles, so that they might receive all the benefits and blessing of being included into the family of God.
Suffering certainly isn’t something that most of us seek out. But it is something that we ought to consider when it comes to God’s glory. Are we willing to endure suffering to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to more people?
Paul knew that when he suffered, God would be glorified in the lives of those who place their faith in Jesus. Are you willing to suffer for God’s glory?
Heavenly Father, may I see clearly the importance of taking the Gospel to all people. May I be willing to do this even if it means that I may have to suffer. Use me to bring glory to Your name in the lives of others. Amen.