“And since we are his children, we are his heir. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering” – NLT
In this text is a great condition (But if) about sharing in the glory of Christ. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. It is a must! …. Someone’s reason of not believing in the existence of a supreme being – God – is due to the fact that someone dear to him believed so much in God, and lost her life tragically through cancer without ‘this so-called God’ coming to her aid. What ignorance!
Let’s keep in mind that the road we have vowed to thread is so full of trouble and suffering as the Bible rightly points in the text above. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 16:24, “If you anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up the cross, and follow me.” Is this not suffering? On another occasion He told a rich young ruler that in order for him to have treasure stored up in the promised kingdom of God, he must go sell all his possessions, and give it to the poor, and come take up the cross, and follow Him. – (Mark 10:21). What can be said of this, other than suffering?
In as much as we are eager to share in God’s glory, we must also be expectant of the sufferings that are bound to befall our way. In all things, let’s not forget to give thanks to the one and only God who deserves it all.