Hitting the Mark
Suffering for the Gospel – Part 3
Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-5
Key Verse: Romans 5:3
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
The next thing the Bible says suffering produces is character. Webster reminds us that character is the moral and ethical quality of a person; a person of honor (Webster.com). If there is anything that our world needs, it certainly is that churches send out people from their congregations that are of great character. Someone said that people don’t reject Jesus as much as they reject our representation of Him. Our church is described as an evangelical church, which means we believe in trying to convince all people that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Our mission is to get anyone and everyone to join us in our mission! We are all evangelists or missionaries by the authority of Jesus Himself who has called us.
The moment we talk about being a witness for Christ, our minds go to what words we must use to convince people to follow Christ. However, the much greater part of anyone’s witness is the way they do life! Jesus said that if we remain in Him, we will be fruitful. It is not a matter of words, as much as a matter of living the life that God has called us to; treating people the way Jesus modeled and taught in the New Testament. You and I must be His witnesses today, so go live your life, wherever that leads you, and live and talk like Jesus as best you can.
We can never be perfect in our representation of Jesus, and that is not necessary. When we sense that we blew it, we simply apologize, telling that person we offended that we didn’t talk or act in the way that Jesus Christ has taught us to live. That admission of failure often does more than “perfect” living. Go live your life in Christ; He will make you effective for His Kingdom.
Father, build my character, even if it means suffering. In Jesus’ Name, amen.