TOPIC: CHRISTIAN SUFFERING – PART 2
BIBLE TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 2:12
 *If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:*
There is no glory without sacrifice. Living a sacrificial life for the advancement of the kingdom of God is the surest way of walking in glory and honor in life. The text says “if we suffer with him”. It is only if we genuinely suffer with him in his suffering that will taste his glory on earth. Sicknesses and diseases are not part of suffering but preaching the gospel, advancing the spread of the gospel through every available means, denying ourselves of food and clothing to support, and pray for missionaries are all included.
Beloved, there is no reigning with suffering for the cross. What are you doing to advance God’s Kingdom? Is your money promoting the kingdom? Are you serving at any capacity in the vineyard of God? Are you talking or pulling somebody out of eternal damnation? Or, you are just convenient for playing Church?
Beloved, don’t be among those believers who only pray for what they can get from God and not how they can be useful to God. When prayers for missionaries are raised, people pray lackadaisically but when prayer on ” miracle alert is raised”, the whole church roar. It shows our priority. Many Christians today are self-centered and God-centered.
Years ago, I was a minister in a Youth Church that accommodated about 400-500 members. When we call for evangelism on Saturday, we usually have like 3-5 people in attendance except for once when we were going for Global Evangelism Day. However when we organize “Valentine Night Show”, we usually have about 700-1000 people in attendance. Members would invite their friends to show but never to evangelism Why? Majority of Christians live for themselves rather than living for God. They only want to use God to lay hold on what will give them pleasure.
In Matthew 6:33, the Bible says:
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Beloved, what are we seeking? I have been a Pastor/Assistant Pastor/minister for about 10 years now, I can boldly say the Church today has shifted his attention from the Kingdom of God to what the kingdom of God offers. Many see salvation only as an escape route from satanic manipulation, barrenness, failure, delay, etc which is true but we must understand that we have a mission after salvation and the mission is to advance God’s Kingdom and put away darkness from our midst.
Finally, it is through commitment, dedication, and selfless service to the building up of the body of Christ that we can suffer for his sake. Remember, if we suffer with him, we shall also reign with him but if we deny him in all our decisions and pursuit in life, he will also deny us.
May God help us all
Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla