I don’t want anyone to think that suffering is something that we get to do when we are really strong Christians and that it somehow makes us spiritual superheroes.
Suffering is a result of godliness, but it is a reminder that we do not have the strength in ourselves to live the lives God has called us to. We are frail. We are weak. And we need Jesus.
But when we suffer for the sake of Jesus, God does something awesome through his Spirit. He empowers us. This is not theory. This is real application. Don’t be afraid to stand for Jesus. Don’t seek suffering for the sake of suffering. But don’t let the fear of suffering cause you to turn away from obedience to Christ.