Luke, It’s Your Destiny…

Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-4

I hear people say this a lot: “It’s my destiny.” Whatever it is that they desire in life (job, spouse, house, money, etc), somehow they are convinced that it is their destiny to have it. Fair enough. Maybe it is. Who am I to disagree with someone over their destiny?

But I do know something about our destiny as disciples of Jesus. Disciples can say with assurance, “It’s my destiny,” when it comes to suffering. Paul knew this. He was convinced that the church was destined to suffer. That’s why he sent Timothy back to the Thessalonians. He knew that suffering would come to the Thessalonians and he wanted to remind them of this truth. Paul feared they would be discouraged and give up when suffering came their way. In fact, Paul says that he kept telling the Thessalonians over and over that they would suffer affliction for following Christ. He wanted to get it into their head so he told them repeatedly and then sent Timothy back to remind them anew.

So on behalf of pastors all over the world, let me remind you again that you will suffer for Jesus Christ. It’s your destiny!

You will suffer for following Jesus. It’s your destiny.
You will suffer for following Jesus. It’s your destiny.
You will suffer for following Jesus. It’s your destiny.
You will suffer for following Jesus. It’s your destiny.
You will suffer for following Jesus. It’s your destiny.
You will suffer for following Jesus. It’s your destiny.
You will suffer for following Jesus. It’s your destiny.
You will suffer for following Jesus. It’s your destiny.
You will suffer for following Jesus. It’s your destiny.

Suffering alongside you,
~Benji

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