I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church.      Colossians 1:24

Ministry is costly. When the heavenly Father wanted to save His creation from sin, He could find no other way except the sacrifice of His Son (Rom. 5:8). Scripture gives a stark picture of the price our Savior paid to obtain our salvation: “He is despised and rejected by men, / A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3). If Christ is your model for ministry, you cannot avoid going to the cross for the sake of others. Salvation comes with a great price, and if we are going to “take up our cross” and follow Jesus, then we must be prepared to go with Him to the place of suffering if that’s what it takes to bring salvation to those around us.

If our goal is to bring others to Christ we must be willing, as He was, to risk rejection. People may disappoint us, misunderstand our motives, even despise and persecute us. Our Savior did not let suffering prevent Him from being used by God to bring salvation to those He loved. Love for His Father provided all the motivation that was necessary. Are you presently experiencing hardship because of the ministry to which God has called you? Have you begun to wonder if the price you are paying is too great? Take a moment to reflect on the price God was willing to pay in order to bring salvation to you. Are you glad He was willing to do what was necessary? Will you not join Him in whatever is necessary to bring salvation to those around you?

  1. April 30

    Suffering is not pleasant, yet it is rewarding… for we and Heaven rejoices when Salvation comes into the life of those around us.
    Suffering is a worthy price to pay for the Gift of Life eternal with Jesus!

  2. May 1

    Amen

  3. Yes, I am not only glad GOD did what was necessary, but I am surprised, relieved, and overwhelmed too, at the great sacrifice GOD made for us to have salvation.

    I am surprised because of what actually had to happen for us to receive salvation.

    I am relieved that we did not have to pay the price for our own salvation.

    I am so overwhelmed, considering all the pain, ugliness, hatefulness, and destructive behavior that had to be endured just for us to receive salvation.

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    As I grow to be Spiritually mature, yes I will join GOD in whatever is necessary to bring salvation to those around me.

    If I can help in some way, I would not want someone to miss out on eternal life.

    Living in this world is temporary, we are only here for a certain time.
    What we do with that time will affect our eternity.

    Life is hard, and to live and then die without eternal life, is a wasted life.

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