Follow His footsteps

BethanySMC - Friday, 17 August 2012 06:03

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 1Peter 2:19 -21

The steps that we are called to follow are the steps of suffering of our Lord Jesus; that bitter cup that he drank, he passed it out to every believer. Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with. Matthew 20:23

It is not a light matter to endure pain, distress, to sustain loss, to endure death or to be subject to disability following Christ. Christ himself cried out in the garden, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from meMatthew 26:39. All courage left Peter and he denied Jesus 3 times, as he saw from afar, what Christ had to suffer and go through. Suffering is never a pleasant experience and to be able to follow Christ and suffer wrongfully with much patience takes a lot more than just a Christian label and puffed up words. An eternal perspective and focus on Jesus gave many true Christians, throughout the ages, the power to drink the cup of suffering and follow in Christ’s steps.

Any sufferings, hardships and pain that we go through in this life from an eternal perspective are momentary and light. If it is endured patiently, we will be rewarded with glory that will be revealed in us as we get to reign with Christ. For the joy that was set before him, Jesus endured the cross, despised the shame and now is sitting at the right hand of the throne of God.  He saw me and you with him in eternity, sharing his glory – that gave him strength to carry on His mission of redemption through His death in a most cruel and embarrassing way. None of us will be able to suffer abuse and injustice, go through physical and emotional pain patiently, unless we follow Christ’s steps by looking forward into eternity and seeing ourselves in glory where there will be no more tears, pain or grief.

As the day of Christ’s return approaches, there are many scriptures that must be fulfilled that explicitly underline the path of suffering that true Christians must go through. The end time events will try our patience and faith. Will we follow Christ’s steps? It is about time to readjust our focus. Will we trade eternity for the momentary ease and pleasures? You cannot follow Christ without carrying the cross that often means suffering, abstaining from the easy way in order to remain faithful to Christ and engaging ourselves into the life and service that will not be tolerated by the kingdom of darkness.

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