LEARNING HOW TO SUFFER
With that truth in mind, the Lord has laid it on my heart to reiterate and to remind someone who may be listening in today: “No Cross, No Crown”. At the core of the issue today: Post modern Christianity must “Learn How to Suffer”. I am sure that the sentiment in here today is that you want to learn; and so the question on you mind right now is“tell us, brother preacher, How do we suffer.”
Adoniram Judson, the renowned missionary to Burma, endured untold hardships trying to reach the lost for Christ. For 7 heartbreaking years he suffered hunger and privation. During this time he was thrown into Ava Prison, and for 17 months was subjected to almost incredible mistreatment. As a result, for the rest of his life he carried the ugly marks made by the chains and iron shackles which had cruelly bound him.
Undaunted, upon his release he asked for permission to enter another province where he might resume preaching the Gospel. The godless ruler indignantly denied his request, saying, “My people are not fools enough to listen to anything a missionary might SAY, but I fear they might be impressed by your SCARS and turn to your religion!”