“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions” (Colossians 1:24).

While the world rejoices over wealth, health, and prosperity, those who are devoted followers of Jesus Christ have such a unique perspective on the life they are called to live that they are able to rejoice in their sufferings. Not that the sufferings of Christ were insufficient in the accomplishment of God’s redemptive purposes, but our suffering for Christ is an affirmation of our participation in his future glory (Romans 8:18). Suffering is not an affront to our faith but an affirmation. That the Head suffered should prepare his body, the church, for any of the sufferings we might experience.

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