You accepted Christ? Congratulations! You get to be broken!
– More Random Thoughts by Shai Linne
What a true statement this is. The Christian life is not easy. Who said it ever was? It’s a beautiful thing. By no other means would one pray that his / her sickness, trials, and hardships be used to conform them to the image of Christ.
I work a job where I get yelled at and have profanity hurled at me on a regular basis. I get insulted and often feel like I’m ‘beat up’ by the end of the day. And you know, last night as I drove home, I thought – God is sovereign. And if He wanted to stop those calls from coming in, He totally could have. But He didn’t. And He doesn’t. So there’s a reason for it. And on days like today, when I feel worn, tattered, and tired, it’d do me well to remind myself of it. As my friends often remind me – God wastes nothing. I know it’s making me more like Jesus. I often think of 1 Peter 2:
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
I am definitely not enduring what Jesus endured.
Lord, help me.