KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinth 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”
To be heavenly minded means being ready to suffer for the cause of Christ. Apostle Paul admonished Timothy to endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ (2nd Tim 2:3).
Enduring adversity or contrary situations is something that every Christian who have heaven on his mind must be prepared to do (note: when I talk about adversity, I do not mean things like sin or sickness, which our Lord redeemed us from.) These things are the scheming of the devil to frustrate and cause the child of God to surrender his save grounds in Christ.
Apostle Peter encourages us to be aware of the devil who as a roaring lion seeks somebody to devour, whom we must resist steadfast in faith, for the same afflictions are happening to our brethren in the world.
He said further that the God of all grace, who have called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus after we have suffered a while, will make us perfect. (1st Peter 5:7-10)
Some of us must forsake ungodly friendship. There are some fraudulent ways of making money, which must be stopped. We may have to make great financial sacrifices to support the work of evangelism. Certain young girls who might have been living in sin, because they are living with a man they are not married to. They must break that relationship and start a new life outright.
This may call for some sacrifices and suffering, yet it must be endured. You may be grievously persecuted because of your faith.
Some may even be killed because of their faith. There are some brethren who would be ejected from their homes because they have been converted from Islam to Christianity.
Our key scripture encourages us that these afflictions are light compared to the weight of glory that we would have eternally. In the light of this do not give up. Another meaning of the word suffer is ”to allow or to endure. This means you could have disallowed it, yet you have willingly accepted to go through. You do so, in order to please the Lord.
We must consider our Lord Jesus, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 12:2).
There is an incomparable glory laid ahead of us, so do not give up. Hold on till you overcome. It is those who endure to the end, who would be saved.
I have a glorious and eternal home. No sacrifice I endure presently is comparable to the exceeding weight of glory. I would keep my faithfulness to the end.
Romance 8 :17.” And if children, then heirs -heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
Mark 13:13.”And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.