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I Peter 4:12-19 (NIV)

“Don’t be surprised” at suffering for Jesus, Peter writes to the followers of Christ.  They were suffering.  And Peter informs them that suffering, “make[s] you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.”

Those who suffer for Jesus know more of who Jesus is and have more of a fellowship/partnership with Jesus.

Paul encourages us to not just “boast in the hope of the glory of God” but we should also “glory in our sufferings” (Romans 5:2-3).

Who wants to suffer?  I don’t hear that desire from folks I know. The Christ-Followers to whom Peter writes were surprised that they were suffering for the Gospel.  Today, many followers of Jesus around the world suffer for their Lord.

“So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you” (I Peter 4:19).

Perhaps, more people would be drawn to Jesus if we were willing to suffer for the sake of sharing Christ and following where he so leads.