The Bitter Pill Of Suffering

The Bitter Pill Of Suffering, Suffering, Jason Gaskins, Middle Georgia Christian Voice, Gray, Macon, Georgia,

As followers of Jesus, He calls us to the Great Commission -spreading the Word to all nations of the world. We cannot accomplish this mission without suffering. We simply cannot disconnect the two.

The word suffering sends fear coursing through our veins. Who enjoys voluntarily suffering? Unfortunately, we sign up for suffering when we commit to following Christ.

Jesus loved the unloveable

Jesus is our model in everything we do. In Jesus’ day, inside the camp provided the safe place… safety in numbers. The people inside the camp seemingly had everything—warmth, food, safety. Outside the camp was very dangerous.

To the surprise of many, Jesus spent His time with people outside the camp. These were dirty and dangerous places to be. Jesus touched the untouchable. He loved the unlovable. He chose to spend His time outside the camp.

Can we impact people by living inside the camp with everything provided for people? By embracing the suffering of the people and still trusting in Jesus, we can reach a lost world. Jesus calls us to go outside the camp.

The Bitter Pill Of Suffering

Paul was very comfortable at the church of Antioch. He was in a safe place. Paul left the safety of the camp and went into the world to fulfill the Great Commission. Was Paul more effective in the safety of Antioch or because of his sufferings?

We cannot make disciples of all people apart from suffering. So why would God reward our obedience with suffering? It is a bitter pill to swallow. God uses suffering to glorify Him. In the midst of the suffering God receives the ultimate glory. Philippians 1:29 tells us “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in Him but also to SUFFER for Him.”

We, as Christians, endure and embrace suffering because we are living for a paradise to come. Jesus did not die to make our lives on Earth a paradise or comfortable. He died for our paradise to come.

Jesus defines success differently than we typically define success. Success is living outside the camp with Him. Don’t miss Jesus leaves the safety of the camp to reach the untouchable, unlovable sinners and for this, He suffered and ultimately they nailed Him to a cross cruelly for you and me.

“And the God of all grace, who called you
to his eternal glory in Christ, after you
have suffered a little while, will himself restore
you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

~1 Peter 5:10~

Peachtree Planning, Jason Gaskins, Macon, Middle Georgia Christian Voice
Jason lives in Gray, Georgia with his wife, Cindy and their two children Kaitlyn and Tanner. Active in his community, Jason attends Christ Chapel, has served as Vice President of the Ronald McDonald House and currently serves as Vice President of Jay's Hope Foundation. Jason and his family lost a child to cancer in 2006. Shortly thereafter, they started Jay's Hope Foundation to improve the quality-of-life of children with cancer and their families in the state of Georgia by extending hope through social, emotional, spiritual and financial support. The Foundation's members accomplish their mission through serving, teaching, encouraging, contributing, leading, showing kindness towards others, and by sharing their faith in God. Jason is also a member of the Runners of Jones Co. Running Club, River Forest Country Club, and a First Presbyterian Day School booster. In his leisure he enjoys hunting, running, playing golf and coaching his kids' basketball and baseball teams. His office is located at 3643 Vineville Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31204.

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