Danger, Suffering and Glory
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
“Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13 NIV
This week TJC talked about being a viceroy for glory. One thing must be added - glory requires that you accept danger and suffering. Paul certainly knew suffering and danger, he was warned about it, others begged him not to go forward. However Paul had seen the glory of the Lord - it blinded him, and he knew the danger and suffering Christ had gone through for each of us.
We responsibly raise kids to avoid danger. Everywhere we look, the products we use have caution and hazard placards all over them. Even in church we encourage people to wait, seek peace, don’t be reckless. Imagine the soldier, afraid to move out on orders, because he was afraid of danger. Avoiding danger is not the way of a soldier for Christ, a Kingdom Man; and as a viceroy you will suffer and must press into danger if you seek to share God’s glory.
You are required to take a stand as a disciple maker. Our culture is deconstructing our faith; you will be ostracized, made fun of, lose friends, be assaulted physically; when you are on mission. That young pregnant lady does need an escort, away from those threatening a Christian pregnancy center. Lean in, stay on course; the mission comes before your safety.
For it is in suffering, pressing into danger, that we accomplish and finish the work assigned to us. Paul knew that and considered his life worth nothing - he considered it JOY to enter into what others avoided. Paul was 100% oriented to future glory. He was storing up eternal treasure, joy and glory.
Daily Battle Order:
We really appreciate you reading our Daily Battle Orders - however these are meant for you to grow and share the good news and what mission God has assigned you. Are you telling others at every opportunity what God has assigned to you? Are you afraid you might lose a job, a friend, or be seen as a weirdo? Or are you wanting to see all the glory that God will bring forth in those you impact? Share in the comments the danger you have pressed into or feel today.