A Kingdom Functioning Church Luke 13:22-30. Luke 13:24. Strive to enter through the narrow door. We need to accept suffering as God’s tool to advance the gospel .
Strive to enter through the narrow door.
We need to accept suffering as God’s tool to advance the gospel.
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." ~ CS LEWIS
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3
John 16:33: Trouble - thilipsis
An experience of suffering, distress, affliction, trouble, or persecution “to press,”“squash,”“rub.”
We are too much occupied with taking care of ourselves; we shun the difficulties of excessive labor. And frequently behind the entrenchment of taking care of our constitution, we do not half as much as we ought. A minister is bound to spurn the suggestions of ignoble ease, it is his calling to labour; and if he destroys his constitution, I, for one, only thank God that he permits us the high privilege of so making ourselves a living sacrifice. ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
For many, I tell you will seek to enter and not be able.
We need to be obedient as we witness to the sufficiency of the gospel.
You can go wherever God will get the most glory and you will be best utilized.
And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.
We need to take Initiative in the work of sharing the gospel.
"If you can't see very far ahead, go as far ahead as you can see.” ~ Dawson Trotman