As I’m perusing the notes to the Introduction to BSF Acts, the circle stuck out at me, particularly the part about victory.
To have victory in this life we must suffer for Jesus. And we must do this because Jesus did.
I’m not for sure I agree with this. At all.
Jesus suffered, tis true. But he suffered because of man. Could Jesus have died without suffering? Don’t people die today without suffering?
I would wager yes.
Lesson 3, Day 3 talks about this as well. Here, the apostles rejoice because they have been flogged and “counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name” Acts 5:41
Just because I’m worthy doesn’t necessarily mean I have to suffer. But I am able to suffer just as Jesus did.
I don’t think persecution is the end result. Or even opposition.
I’m not suffering right now (far from what the Apostles and Jesus did–I mean who amongst us has been flogged???) and I believe I’m doing Christian work–work set before me for the Lord to do. So does my work have to end in persecution?
I do believe people come against me but not quite like Jesus. Take this blog for example. How many people have nailed me to the wall with looks because of what I’m doing? Also, with my column. People love to tell me I’m wrong on certain things, which is fine. But some people are mean and denigrating.
I’m baffled to be quite honest with you. Baffled at what BSF is getting at. Miffed if it’s what I think they are getting at (saying I have to be persecuted or I’m not fulfilling God’s work for me).
Unless it’s on this level. Because then this would be true for everyone: who amongst us doesn’t have someone who doesn’t approve of us or what we are doing? At least in some small way or capacity?
I’d love to hear everyone else’s take on this.