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Worthy To Suffer

Worthy To Suffer

29 January 2009

Scripture:

The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus. (Acts 5:41 NLT)

Observation:

The apostles were powerfully demonstrating God’s power through miracles and healings. People were coming to the city from the surrounding towns and villages and the sick were lining the streets on cots and mats in hopes that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on them. Crowds of both men and women believed and were brought to the Lord!

In the midst of all this wonder, the apostles were arrested, jailed, and but for the intervention of a moderate Pharisee, they would have been killed. Instead, they were publicly flogged with whips, threatened with worse, and let go.

They left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer arrest, imprisonment, and the humiliation of public flogging for the name of Jesus!

I’m more inclined to rejoice if God counts me worthy to receive public recognition that I’m a great guy and doing a wonderful job and my ministry is a tremendous blessing.

Application:

So which is it? Is it being worthy to receive blessing and recognition for serving Jesus or is it being worthy to suffer rebuke and dishonor for serving Jesus?

Actually I think it’s both. One feeds something in my soul and makes me feel better for a while. The other strengthens my spirit and makes a difference where it really counts – in eternity.

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for these words that make me think deeply today. This is a good heart check for me. I trust you to decide at any given time whether I need to receive recognition and blessing or suffer anonymity and learn humility. Help me keep the big picture clear in my mind and heart. Amen.

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