Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We have not been called to suffer – we have been called to produce in us eternal vision and hope. The purpose and plan of God must be held separate from the purpose and plan of the world. God allows the rose to lose its fragrance and the silver to become tarnished that we might be grounded in His wondrous revelation rather than temporary pleasure. A diamond must be polished – precious metal must be refined and the spirit of man must be tested. The grace and mercy of God is experienced by the one who knows that God will strengthened and not destroy our resolve. It is to our eternal benefit to trust in the loving care of God when all around us is in utter chaos. God does not want to crush our spirit but He commands the compliance of our will. Before my commitment to Jesus Christ my will was given to personal benefit – after my redemption my will must be given to the pleasure and purpose of God. The weakness of current evangelism is the suggestion that Christ has come for our mortal benefit without adequate emphasis upon our spiritual responsibility - we are encouraged to seek the blessings that will meet earthly desires. God accepts our commitment and then begins to hold us accountable to our agreement – God is not looking for well-intended followers. God desires honor, glory and intimate fellowship with those who humbly seek His holiness.
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 27/ Luke 4:1-30; Judg. 1,2,3