《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” (1Pe 2:21 )
Meditation one: Have you ever found that once you truly follow the Lord, suffering will follow, and disaster will chase around one after another? Will you feel regretful? The narrow path of the cross has never been an easy journey, or a smooth voyage, but rugged passages full of challenges. Our Lord has not sinned, but He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; “the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isa 53:5) He leaves us an example that we should follow in His steps.
Meditation two: Do Christians suffer even if they live out good deeds? There is nothing surprise about this. Because the world does not know Jesus Christ, they will then ghettoize you, dispute against you, pick on you, and try to ruin your life. “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1Pr 4:12 -13) It is true that a Christian’s suffering is often a God’s blessing in disguise. God loads the cross upon us, but the cross gives us His glory.
Prayer: Thank God heavenly Father, because of Your calling, I become Your child. There are sufferings in this world, but I will not be afraid because I know that You have overcome the world. Please establish me, let me straightforwardly and bravely follow in Your steps and never look back until the end of my journey in this world. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen!