Why We Should Suffer

            It was this Sunday morning at church, when the issue of suffering was addressed to me once again.  My pastor started his sermon by throwing a difficult phrase at us, “Christians should not only desire but accept suffering.”  “No one wants to suffer,” I thought to myself, but then as I continued to listen, more and more I desired this passion.  I Peter 4:12-13 states, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”  We should rejoice in our suffering of Christ, rejoice when someone strikes us down for what we believe in.

            We could easily avoid this whole suffering issue if we really wanted to.  To avoid suffering for Christ all you would have to do is keep your mouth shut; but to know that there are people who do not know the truth and could discover that truth about God should encourage all Christians to speak out and suffer for Christ.  Matthew 5:10-12 says, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is you reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.” Jesus is not saying in this passage poor you, but he is saying “blessed are you,” for those who suffer for God will receive their treasure in heaven.

            No one wants to suffer for nothing, there has to be a just cause.  It is easier to take the blame for someone else and even easier to suffer for ones you love.  As a Christian, we are in a relationship with Christ, a “love” relationship.  If we love God then why don’t we risk our lives for Him?  Why are we careful in every decision we make?  Is this what we call suffering for Christ? 

“Christians should not only desire but accept suffering” 

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.                                                            Philippians 3:10

Where Can Happiness Be Found?

Are you ever content with your life, or do you believe that you need to keep pushing forward?  I heard a form of this question asked at church one day and it made me think a bit.  Am I happy with where I am in my life right now?  Are you? 

There is no possible way that I can be fully satisfied with my life right now.  There is always more out there to push forward to understand, we just have to make an effort to go out and get it.  No one is perfect, therefore we must push for perfection.  As I look out into the world today there are many people that say they are content with their life right now, many Christians say this. 

The only time that someone can be fully content is when they are in heaven with Christ.  No worldly pleasure can give you full contentment, for these desires will all go away after we die.  We should seek the Lord and grow in knowledge of Him so that we may fully understand what true happiness is.  If you are fully content with your life, then keep on living the way you do; but if you want happiness then seek God and grow in knowledge of Him, because the only answer to eternal enjoyment is God!

Do Not Forget

With spring break approaching, many students have the opportunity to travel, have a fun time, and party; but is that really why we celebrate this week.  Some of us might go to the beach and some of us might go on vacation.  We can all have a fun time in the sun, but we have to remember that not only is it spring break, it is Easter, the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.  Easter is a day when we celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection.  We must not forget why we celebrate Easter and why we take a week off of school.  Spring break gives us all an opportunity to focus on the Lord and to praise Him for what He has done on the cross for us.  I’m not saying that we can’t have fun this spring break, and go to the beach or party.  I just wanted to remind everyone of why we celebrate Easter and why we must always remember what Jesus did on the cross for us.  Jesus told the disciples a command that day, one which we all should follow.  Mark 16:15-16 says, “Go into all the world and preach good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”  We must always remember why Jesus died on the cross for us, He died so that we may be saved, he sacrificed His life for ours.  Don’t get so caught up in the world this spring break, but remember why we really celebrate this week.

Wuteva

Who are we? Many people say that we don’t care, that we just want everything for ourselves.  We are called the “Whatever Generation” because of people that just say “whatever” to anything that comes their way; that we are apathetic.  But not us, we refuse to be silent anymore.  With passion, diligence, and hard work, we will show other generations that this moment of silence in the past will soon fade away.  We will speak out to everyone to change the world.  We write to show other generations that we do care and that we can make a difference.  We once were silent, but we will be “Silent No More.”