As we talked about in the last few devotions, Christians, now, more thanÂ ever, need to focus on spiritual things. In these biblically predicted perilousÂ times of the last days, it is more important than ever for us to avoid beingÂ distracted from things of eternal consequence by things without lastingÂ spiritual significance. Having talked about concentrating on our personalÂ relationship with Jesus Christ in the here and now, which is the Christianâ€™sÂ number one priority in life, we will turn our attention now to the importanceÂ of being rewarded by Christ in the hereafter.
In Philippians 4:5, the Apostle Paul teaches us to â€œlet [our] moderation beÂ known unto all men,â€ for â€œthe Lord is at hand.â€ The Greek word Paul usesÂ for â€œmoderationâ€ in this verse means â€œto suffer to be done wrong.â€ As ChristÂ was willing to suffer being done wrong for us, Paul is saying that we shouldÂ be willing to suffer to be done wrong for Christ. As the Bible clearly teaches, all who live faithfully for Christ will suffer unjustly at the hands of this Christ-rejecting world.
- â€œRemember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.â€ (John 15:20)
- â€œYea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.â€ (2 Timothy 3:12)
This explains why the Bible also teaches us that we should rejoiceÂ whenever we suffer unjustly at the hands of this fallen world. We shouldÂ count it a privilege to suffer injustice for our Savior who suffered theÂ ultimate injustice for us on the cross of Calvary. As Paul teaches inÂ Colossians 1:24 (NIV), â€œI am glad when I sufferâ€¦ for I am participating inÂ the sufferings of Christ.â€