Friday, April 1, 2011

Suffering

But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:20-21

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him,"You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." Mark 10:21

But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:43-45

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death Philipians 3:7-10

 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

The goals of american christianity are often a nice marriage, children who don't swear and good church attendance..Taking the words of Christ literally is rarely considered..most of us want a balanced life that we can control that is safe and that does not involve suffering...page 68 Crazy Love

Is my treasure Christ? Am i willing to say i want to KNOW CHRIST through sufferfing? Why not? Is my comfort a greater treasure than my Savior? What does taking the words of Christ seriously look like in my life?
I may just share my answers tomorrow...