In the New Testament Paul tells us some of the ways he suffered as he shared the Gospel — beatings, being put in prison, no food, no sleep. These things could have caused Paul to give up serving Jesus. But Paul didn’t give up. He continued to faithfully share the Good News about Jesus
Paul explains why he didn’t give up in 2 Corinthians, chapter 4. First, Paul didn’t give up because he was trying to please God, not people. Second, Paul was encouraged that Jesus was living and working in him. And third, Paul was sure that all the suffering was nothing compared to the glory of living forever with God. Paul summed this up in 2 Corinthians 4:17. “We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles.”
We may suffer persecution as we tell others about Jesus. We may not be beaten or thrown in prison like Paul, but some people may make fun of us or turn away from us if we follow Jesus. We can be encouraged by knowing that God will be with us to help us and protect us.
Stand strong for God and His Word today. And remember that God’s eternal glory is much greater than your troubles!