The Way of the Cross
Suffering is generally not the first thing most Christians sign up for in this life. It’s human nature, actually, to avoid suffering as much as possible.
But we have been instructed, the Christian life is not for the faint of heart. We are ambassadors—pilgrims and sojourners even—in a sin-sick world being redeemed and transformed by the King of kings.
In this life of service to the King, there are dragons to slay, fair maidens to rescue, a culture to be transformed, a message to be delivered, a King to be worshipped and a kingdom to be proclaimed.
Of course there are times of feasting and rejoicing. That goes without saying.
But in the midst of faithful living, suffering is inevitable; it is to be expected and embraced. And with our King and redeemer as a model, we are called to persevere in our suffering, for we too will be exalted one day. It’s the way of the cross.
“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” (2 Timothy 3:12, ESV)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1–2, ESV)
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9, ESV)
“praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” (Ephesians 6:18, ESV)
About Scott Postma
Scott lives in North Idaho collecting more books than he'll ever read in a lifetime. He shares valuable tips on writing and teaching, rich insights into theology and literature, and meaningful perspective on living a life of significance. You can subscribe to the tribe and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.