If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.2 Timothy 2:12(NIV)
We must not imagine that we are suffering for Christ, and with Christ, if We are not in Christ. Are you trusting in Jesus only? If not , whatever you may have to mourn over on earth you are not
suffering with Christ.and have no hope of reigning with Him in heaven. Neither are we to conclude that all a Christian’s sufferings are sufferings with Christ, for it is essential that we be called by God to suffer. If we are rash and imprudent , and run into position for which neither providence nor grace has fitted us, we ought to question whether we are not rather sinning than communing with Jesus. If we let passion take place of judgement, and self-will reign instead of Scriptural authority, we shall fight the Lord’s battles with the devil’s weapons, and if we cut our own fingers we must not be suprised. Again, in troubles which come upon us s the result of sin, we must not dream that we are suffering with Christ. When Miriam spoke evil of Moses, and the Leprosy polluted her, she was not suffering for God. Moreover, suffering which God accepts must have God’s glory as end. If I suffer that I may earn a name , or win applause, I shall get no reward than that of the Pharisees. It is also requisite also that love to Jesus, and love to His elect, be fuse the mainspring of all our patience. We must manifest the Spirit of Christ in meekness, gentleness, and forgiveness. Let us search and see if we truly suffer what is our
light affliction compared with reigning with Him? Oh , it is so blessed to be in the furnace with Christ. And such an honor to stand in the pillory with Him, that if there are no future reward, we might count ourselves happy in present honor; but when the recompense is so eternal, so infinitely more than we had any eternal right to expect, shall we not take up the Cross with alacrity, and go on our way rejoicing?