February 18, 2013

Why Your Suffering Does Not Excuse You From Your Call

In  the book of Acts 14:19-20, just days after the people in Lystra thought that Paul and Barnabas were gods and wanted to offer sacrifices to them, they stoned Paul and left him for dead. They hit him in the face and head with rocks for teaching the gospel and telling them the truth. He was stoned until he passed out.

Then as a few believers gathered around him as he laid on the ground, wounded and half conscious, Paul got up and went back into the same city to preach and teach the Good News.

The word suffer means to endure, to labor under, to experience, to put up with, to allow. After such an ordeal as Paul's, many of us would have thrown in the towel. As a matter of fact, many do and have.

Imagine being cheered and revered one day and stoned the next, not only for teaching the truth but pursuing your calling. 

Paul had to contend with stones that were real and hurt. The rocks that you and I will be stoned with are words, people and life circumstances. These things hurt as well. However, like Paul we must learn to focus on our calling and not our suffering.

When the issues of life hit you in the head like a rock, be like Paul. Be committed to your calling. Pick yourself up, shake it off and get back in there!

Even though Paul was wounded, he understood the work that was needed. He understood that his suffering did not excuse him from his call.

See Also: Things We Forget When Trouble Comes

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