Posted by: kathryngraves | May 25, 2012

Are You a Secret Agent?

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed–always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” 1 Corinthians 4:7-11

No matter how bad it ever got for Paul, he kept on going because he knew he carried the light of Jesus Christ to those who had not yet heard about or seen Him. Paul suffered much for the cause of Christ, and always in the front of his mind was the reason for his suffering.

I think it is easy for us to forget when we Christians suffer that we also carry the Light. While everything is hunky-dory in our lives, there’s a lot of competing light. It is much like carrying a candle in the daytime.

When suffering comes, all the other lights go out. We can’t muster up any on our own. It’s then, when the world around us is puzzled or perplexed by our plight, that they see us not crushed or forsaken or struck down. What they see is Jesus Christ, the Light.

Verse 11 speaks of dying for the cause of Jesus. That is particularly what we do not expect in our comfortable Western society. But it does always happen. We just never expect it to happen to us. We may not be persecuted by other people, but we are persecuted by Satan. And everyone dies. Whether or not we die from our present suffering, God allows it for the very purpose that He will be the Light in the resulting darkness.

So, rather than think we’ve been singled out by God for some kind of punishment or side-show, we need to remember that at least part of the reason for our suffering is to point others to Him. And that it’s normal to need darkness in order to see the Light.

We’re really not-so-secret agents on a special mission. It may seem impossible, but we can accept our mission and carry it out in the power of Christ, who lives in us.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10

 

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