Having been a world traveler visiting Niagara Falls and Cuba this is my first post in 2 weeks.
Today I stumble upon a hard to swallow passage that seems to bring very little hope and excitement. Paul (the writer) does not paint a pretty picture of future expectation from verse 8-13. There is suffering, persecution, they are to be made a spectacle, they will be despised, homeless, and the scum of the earth. How do you pull a devotional out of this. In verse 9 we see that this is the forecast for the life of the apostles and that death is certain.
Paul however does go on to say that when this comes there will be light at the end of the tunnel. Jesus always brings (verse 5) light out of what is hidden in the darkness. When cursed….we are blessed….when persecuted….endurance…..when slandered….kindness. When in a place of Christian leadership this stuff happens. But when faced with opposition the victory that Jesus brings becomes even more clear. And Paul continues to suggest that we need more Christians leaders to step up and lead the way through the darkness to find the end of the tunnel.
Even though there are 10,000 guardians in Christ it is the Christian leaders (fathers through the Gospel) that are needed. To be a leader we need to learn after models of leadership. Are you willing to take up the cross and lead through the dark trials knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel?