May 5, 2019
Peter said that if a Christian suffers, he/she should not (a negative statement) be ashamed, but should (a positive statement) glorify God. In life we will face tribulation, and we will experience crisis. That is a given; nevertheless, we are to keep our witness and not react like ( non-believers. Christians are to avoid bringing shame to Christ, to self, and to the Christian community (Church).
Paul suffered more than any of us, yet he said boldly that he was not ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16-17). In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul outlined all of his sufferings; yet, he was never ashamed, and never lost his testimony. In the Scriptures we see three times when the words, “[God] receive my spirit,” – Jesus said it on the cross (Luke 23:46), David said it when he was persecuted (Psalm 31:5), and Stephen said it when he was stoned (Acts 7:59). We are also to do the same – Lord into thy hands I commit my spirit.
Last weeks sermon began with Mephibosheth falling at the age of five, and becoming a cripple; this weeks sermon ends with Mephibosheth being shown grace and mercy, and being restored to his father and grandfather’s inheritance. He is seated at the kings table. Such is our destiny; keep the faith. Stay on course. Respond correctly to all situations. Christ will never leave us nor forsake us.