1 Corinthians 4; 12 and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; 13 when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.
The other day a young man was corner King, and James declaring the gospel and warning the people to accepted Jesus as Lord and Savour. If not they would be damn to hell if they did not Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savour. Several people passing by started hurling insults at the young man, you can see he was concern for their while being. While I do not know his passed from what I heard he had trouble passed. To me he could use different method; however, his message was accurate, he spoke the truth and he was concerns. A pastor once uttered these words, Someone who preaches bad gospel is better than no gospel at all even thou they may be elegant and accurate presentation .
When the HolySpirit is not operating in the individual life whether you speak elegantly or with little edge in your voice or a bad gospel. Your not able to transforms and causes the individual to accept Christ and serve him.
What about the individual who does not hear the gospel even thou clearly presented than what, sometimes they insult and revile you, if they’ve the authority they would persecuted you,and have you arrest and put you in jail. Preaching the gospel is hard often misunderstood but is very rewarding and bring joy to the presenter and those who understand the gospel for first time. John Newton stated once,”The Christian ministry is the worst of all trades, but the best of all professions.”
Enduring hardship is part working in God’s kingdom often you’re malign, mistreated, misunderstood, ,without food, and little financial rewards. The Apostle Paul wrote these words about missionary work and the life you sometimes have to endure while working in God’s kingdom, he wrote “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.
Yet despite all this we as Christians need to bless when we’re cursed. we need to encouraged while we’re being malign, and when we’re persecuted we need to endure. The Apostle Peter wrote these words,” Don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you.Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory. If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler But if anyone suffers as a “Christian,” he should not be ashamed but should glorify God.
Most Canadian do not have to suffered near the adversities like the apostle Paul or Peter had to weather. The most we tolerate is insults from the passing crowds. Like for example the young man declaring the gospel openly downtown. Still this is very difficult to listen to and stomach, when you’re been badmouth, when declaring the truth.
Because Canada has laws that protect us to worshipped God and declared the gospel openly. What if these laws were rescinded from the law books than would we be able declare the gospel openly or would we be ableto endured the same hardship as the apostle. Jesus wrote these words, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Past and presents saints considered it badge of honour to suffer hardship in the name of Jesus Christ. For example the apostle Peter and John declared in Acts. After they called in the apostles and had them flogged, they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them.Then they went out from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be dishonoured on behalf of the Name, Every day in the temple complex, and in various homes, they continued teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Another saints named Polycarb an 86-year-old man a bishop from Smyrna having refused to escape death ether by fleeing or denying Christ was burnt at the stake. Just before the fire was lit, he prayed,” O Father, I bless thee that thou hast counted me worthy to receive my portion among the martyrs.”
Perhaps we Canadian Christian have become like frog in the warm water where the warmth and comfort of the water would eventuality kill him, not knowing the danger of his plight. I fear we’ve fallen into comfortable style worshipping God. Where we believe that the Canadian laws will protect us from being persecuted from other religion and they’re slowly eroding our rights in worshipping God. Believe me I am thankful that I dwell in Canada many of freedom are still intact, however, we need do a better job protection are freedom
Remember you’re declaring the truth and it’s an honour and privilege to serve in God’s Kingdom. Perhaps these words written by the apostle Paul,”For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.