Keep Showing Up, Jesus is Worthy of His Suffering

Recently at church we had a guest speaker, and at the end of his message he challenged us by saying to us, “Jesus is worthy of his suffering.” And he was relating this to our responsibility to keep showing up. To keep preaching the gospel. To keep reaching out.

And then just this week, the week that I am sitting down to write this blog post, someone preached from 2 Timothy 1:8-9, NLT, which says:

So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me [Paul], either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

Sisters, if ever there was a time to keep showing up, it’s now. We cannot deny that there will be suffering for the sake of the gospel. We cannot deny that we will hurt in this journey. We cannot deny that there will be great joy in this journey. Jesus is worthy of our commitment, no matter the cost.

Here are a few things that we can cling to in this journey:

1.  God promises to always be with us!

                     “...And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20, NLT)    

2. We are anointed of God and can trust that his Spirit is poured out on the daughters as well as the sons. (Joel 2: 28-32, CSB)

                     “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28, NLT)

3. The expression of God is diverse, and you need to stand tall in your own armour and unique expression. David models well for us what it means to shake off and lay down an imposed upon armour. (1 Sam 17) Be you!

4. We need to continue to encourage and champion one another on and keep fighting for the unity of the Spirit. If Jesus prayed for it, he did so for a reason. Do everything you can to keep the unity of the Spirit. (Jn 17.21; Eph 4.3)

                     “Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” (Ephesians 4:3, NLT)   

5. Try new things! David did not want to go with Saul’s armour in part because it did not fit, but also in part because he had not “tested them”.  It’s okay to try new things on, to take a risk on doing something a new way. ALL experiences can be learning experiences. God’s got you - try new things!

I pray that you not lose heart, sisters. Please keep showing up and doing what only you can do, Jesus is worthy of his suffering.

Much love to the sisterhood,

Pastor Carmen

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