I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! – The Apostle Paul
Philippians 3:10-11 (NLT)
I want to suffer.
Can you imagine speaking these words?
Author Lucinda Secrest McDowell shared her sweet memories of the great author, Elisabeth Elliot, at Encouraging Words. While I recommend reading the complete post, Lucinda retells this one warning from her mentor:
I [Lucinda] remember her warning us that our generation was not prepared to suffer or even be inconvenienced. I wrote [in my journal] “She pointed out that we must learn discipline and submission to authority in order to better be able to submit more wholly to God. Discipline should be exercised in our daily devotions, in our studies and in our love life. We must become responsible for that with which God has entrusted us now so we can be better prepared for all He has in store for us later.”
This rings true. We are not prepared to be inconvenienced for Jesus, let alone suffer for Him.
How many people don’t find time for daily scripture and prayer? Clearly, you are reading this. But, really, is your time with God a disciplined act of respect and obedience? Or does God get your leftover time?
In today’s culture, there’s a diminished respect for authority which can only hurt our desire to submit to God (or anyone). Submission is not equivalent to becoming a doormat. Mrs. Elliot said “Daily prayers for another can be an opportunity of laying down our lives for someone else.”
What do you think? Would better discipline prepare us for what God has in store?
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