Another reason for us to rejoice at suffering injustice at the hands of thisÂ fallen world is that it serves as proof positive of our faithfulness to Christ. As Jesus admonishes us in Matthew 5:11-12: â€œBlessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is yourÂ reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were beforeÂ you.â€
When it comes to our temporal sufferings for Christâ€™s sake in this fleetingÂ fallen world, the Apostle Paul teaches us that they are incomparable withÂ the eternal reward waiting on us in Heaven. In 2 Corinthians 4:17, PaulÂ writes, â€œFor our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us aÂ far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.â€
When it comes to what Paul perceived as â€œlightâ€ and â€œmomentaryÂ afflictions,â€ he enumerates them for us in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 (NIV).
â€œI have served him far more! I have worked harder, been put in prisonÂ more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death againÂ and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lÂ lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. ThreeÂ times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift atÂ sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger fromÂ rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, theÂ Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, inÂ the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men whoÂ claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduringÂ many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have oftenÂ gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothingÂ to keep me warm. Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.â€
When it comes to the â€œexceeding and eternal weight of gloryâ€ awaiting us inÂ Heaven, Paul describes it for us in 1 Corinthians 2:9. According to the greatÂ Apostle, no human eyes have ever seen, no human ears have ever heard,Â and no man could possibly imagine, even in his wildest imagination, theÂ things that â€œGod has prepared for them that love him.â€
In light of all of this, why should we be overly concerned with a littleÂ temporal persecution in this world when we have such an unimaginableÂ eternal reward waiting on us in Heaven? Why should we be overly concerned with a little suffering at the hands of man in the here-and-nowÂ when we shall spend the hereafter in the presence of our Savior whereÂ there are joys for evermore?