God’s Word: Luke 9:18-27
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
Your true self shines forth clearly in the face of suffering. That is the exact spot where the rubber meets the road. You cannot even know your true self when your world is all rosy and bright. Anyone can rejoice and enjoy sunny days. Suffering gives depth and understanding to your heart. There are things you come to realize during suffering that you cannot learn in any other way. At those times you come to know what really matters in this life.
Jesus’ true self shone clearly in His times of deepest suffering. Though he could have called 10,000 angels to deliver Him, He endured it for your sake—that you might be united with Me eternally. Sin cannot enter My heaven so Jesus took your sin upon Himself so that you might be free of sin. To those who believe, accept and follow Jesus, I look at you “just as though you never sinned.” And when your life on earth comes to a close I will say “welcome home.”
Yes, your true self shows clearly in the amount of suffering you are willing to endure to carry out Jesus’ mission. You are blessed to be a blessing to others. Because of your blessing on others there will be more to whom I say “welcome home.” That is what really matters in this life. Life is fleeting, eternity never ends. Don’t run from suffering for My sake—embrace it! If you are too embarrassed to speak up for Me on earth, I will be too embarrassed to say “welcome home” to you. Therefore, discover your true self by living your life to be a blessing to others—whatever the cost.
God’s Question: As Jesus suffered the ultimate physical pain by giving his life as a sacrifice for you, will you offer Him your life as a living sacrifice—and suffer come what may
God’s Promise: Strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for Your offer of salvation from sin.
I am Sorry I am not shouting your message from the hills.
Thank You for being patient with my failures.
Please help me willing suffer that others may know Your salvation.