Today is the beginning of the Advent, where we remember the coming of Christ.
As we consider suffering for Jesus, the truth that God – Father, Son, and Spirit – is with us and for us ought to give great boldness and comfort.
Jesus is the Saviour who suffered for us. Making us righteous and bringing us to God, and leaving us an example of unjust suffering (1 Peter 2:19–25).
The Holy Spirit empowers us to witness to Jesus ‘to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1:8). The book of Acts gives many examples of that happening. Jesus even said don’t be afraid when asked to testify, ‘for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.’ (Matthew 10:19–20).
The Father cares for us, even knowing the number of hairs on our head. Nothing happens apart from his will (Matthew 10:26–31). He’s watching your back!
Whatever happens, don’t be afraid! In fact, praise God that you are considered worthy to suffer with and for God (1 Peter 4:12–19). Let’s pray, lives good lives, be ready to give a response for our hope in Jesus, and not be surprised that we suffer for the name of Jesus!
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.