Memorise Acts 5:41
“…rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings…”
In today’s passage, we read of the great boldness and courage of the Apostles. How strange it may seem to us, that they were “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” (v. 41). Because of what they preached and taught to the people, they had endured a night in prison, threats of death, as well as beatings at the hands of the Sanhedrin council. What a great deal of suffering – and yet they could still rejoice! Certainly it is not because they actually enjoyed the sufferings which they had been through; they rejoiced simply because they had been “counted worthy” to suffer for the sake of Christ. They had shown so much zeal and faithfulness through their testimony that the Jewish council went to the extent of punishing them in such an extreme manner.
The Apostles never allowed these sufferings to hinder their evangelistic work. Instead, right after they departed from the presence of the council, they went daily to the temple and to every house, and continued to teach and preach Jesus Christ (v. 42). The reason why they were able to respond in such a positive manner was because they understood what serving the Lord involved. They had heard Christ’s warning in John 15:20 “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you”, and then personally witnessed how Jesus suffered and died on the cross for their sins. They knew that the message of the cross would be offensive to the unbelieving world around them, and yet they persevered in their preaching because they knew how important and valuable this message is. When they were persecuted, instead of shrinking back in fear, they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to be fellow partakers of the sufferings of Christ.
Dear teen, how about you? Are you willing to suffer as a result of serving God? And is this something that you would rejoice in? To endure suffering is the mark of one who is living a godly life. Truly, how blessed it is to be counted worthy to suffer for His name’s sake!
Thought: “…All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (1 Timothy 3:12).
Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to endure the sufferings that I face for Your name’s sake.