In our last visit we considered the blessing of being God’s children once we trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Romans 8:17 adds to this relationship the assurance that “If we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
He’s saying that in the relationship of being God’s children and heirs with Christ there’s a likelihood we will suffer with Him. This is suffering for righteousness sake. When you take a stand for what’s right there are those who might not understand or be offended. If our stand reflects negatively on them they likely will resent it and attack us. This is a familiar scenario for those seeking to honor Jesus.
Let me just say, today this dynamic is becoming more common. Speak of any religion or name or god and it’s tolerated, if not accepted. But speak up for Jesus and you feel the tension immediately. His name is unique. It stands for the one who is unique, the one and only Son of God.
As we saw before, Jesus predicted in John 15:18-21: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first… remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also…They will treat you this way because of my name.”
Do you realize and accept that it is a privilege to suffer with Jesus Christ? Prepare yourself for that probability.