Do You Want Significance in Your Life? Choose Suffering

Do You Want Significance in Your Life? Choose Suffering February 14, 2019

Someone else cannot impose a life of suffering and hardship on you. It is something individually you must choose. Over and over again, Jesus continually made this choice to lay down His rights as the Son of God, ultimately consummating in His death.

When the suffering of the cross came, when He was mercilessly beaten, spit on and mocked,instead of calling for legions of angels to come to His aid and stop it all—He chose to suffer.

We can say this is all good and necessary; we can know about the need to count the cost and accept suffering, but do we really choose this for our own lives?

Do You Want Significance in Your Life? Choose Suffering - KP Yohannan - Gospel for Asia

Daily Decisions

If you want to do something significant with your life, you simply must choose to suffer, choose the path of suffering. It need not be suffering in the form of beatings, stonings, being knifed or having your Bibles burned. Rather, I am talking about daily living with the mind to let go of anything God asks us to release—whatever that may mean for you.

Sharing the love of Christ with those who have yet to hear is not just a job or a good thing to do. Our call as followers of Christ is to spend our lives to see as many people as possible hear this message.

Remember the words of Christ: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). We are called by God to take up the cross with all its inconveniences, loneliness and extra work.

We have no grounds to make demands or claims on our own life, because we chose to respond to the Lord’s call to serve Him.

Don’t forget that we belong to Christ. We have no rights of our own. We would not be servants of Christ without this readiness to pay the price and suffer all that is necessary to share who He is and what He has done for us.

His work cannot wait for us.

  • Whether or not we have food, we must go on.
  • Whether we are clothed or not, we must nevertheless continue to serve the Lord.
  • Whether we have comfort or distress, money or poverty, good report or bad report, good health or ill health, remember the One who called us and the purpose for which He called us.
A Servant's Mentality
Think about whether you truly believe that sharing the love of Christ is a command or simply a good thing to do. If the latter, ask yourself why that is, and make a commitment afresh to bring the love of God to this world.

Dr. KP Yohannan, founder and director of Gospel for Asia, has written more than 200 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with more than 4 million copies in print. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.

Gospel for Asia has been serving the “least of these” in Asia since its beginning in 1979, often in places where no one else is serving. Gospel for Asia supports national workers who are serving as the hands and feet of Christ by ministering to people’s needs so they can understand the love of God for them for the first time. Gospel for Asia is engaged in dozens of projects, such as caring for poor children, slum dwellers and widows and orphans; providing clean water by funding wells; supporting medical missions; and meeting the needs of those in leprosy colonies. Through Gospel for Asia’s Bridge of Hope Program, tens of thousands of children are being rescued from the generational curses of poverty and hopelessness.

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  • Salatiel Adams

    I love how this reminds each Christian are to suffer. But the sad reality is, it’s hard for a lot of us Christians to accept this fact simply because it removes the “self” in them. As it was self that separated Man and God, self should be constantly surrendered for us to draw closer to Him. Dying to self would be easier if we realize that it is for an eternal purpose of being prepared as the bridegroom of Christ. As Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:31-33, “I die daily” where he meant that he will not submit to the fleeting pleasures of his flesh, even if it was hard, because he realizes that it was for him to know more of God.

  • Monty

    Thank you for the timely reminder. Suffering is an integral part of the Christian’s walk. We don’t have to look for it. If we are willing to go God’s way, suffering will find us!

  • Monty

    Well said, Salatiel. Too many of us are like the rich young ruler. We may not have monetary wealth but we have all kinds of abilities, strengths, talents and ambitions. Every part of that natural ability needs to pass through the cross. Who preaches such a message today? Not so many. We know that sin is wrong, what many do not realise is that the “good” self is more dangerous than the “evil” self. Peter had only Jesus’ best interests at heart. Yet Jesus rebuked him. How much “dead work” piles up by well-intentioned but carnal Christians.

  • Franszwa Bandung

    Romans
    8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not
    worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
    Romans
    5:3-4 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that
    suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character
    produces hope,

  • Randy Thompson

    This is well said. I would only add that, if you make this choice, you make it daily. And, there’s no room for whining about it later.

  • Cherokee Strip

    This is the path of suffering – “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

    This means you’ll have to live by faith and let God take control of our life, because our life now is not our own.