Friday, 18 December 2020
“that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” – Philippians 3:10 EST
My daughter likes watching the story of the three little pigs and the wolf. These three pigs each built a house to protect itself from the big bad wolf. One built a house made of straw, the wolf blew it away and the pig was exposed. The second pig built one from sticks and like its brother before, the wolf blew it away. The third and much wiser pig built its house using bricks, and the huffing and puffing of the wolf couldn’t demolish it. This story, for me, describes Christianity and explains why some Christians stand while others give in to life’s challenges. I know a man who lost his daughter (at birth) and wife (breast cancer) in the same year, yet his faith wasn’t shaken one bit. Yet you have a Christian whose car gets repossessed and they fall apart. What’s the difference between those that quit and those that don’t?
1 Peter 1:23 explains the difference between these Christians. It explains the “MOJO” that sustains those that stand. This “mojo” is the incorruptible seed which is the word of God. Those that carry this seed can not and will not be discouraged, they will not despair. Like the wiser pig, their foundation is strong and they are like the seed that fell on good soil (Matthew 13:8). When persecution comes are you always left standing or, like Austin Powers, do you always lose your mojo? As Christians, we love the above scripture because we all want to know Christ. We want to be like Him yet forget the portion of this scripture that speaks about sharing in His suffering. If we want to be like Him we also need to die so that we may share in His glory as well. It’s the suffering that makes you more like Him. Even He Himself had to suffer so that He may become a usable vessel (Hebrews 5:8).
This is the reason why as Christians we can’t quit or give up because of these two reasons, firstly, we are born again through the incorruptible word of God and the seed that fell on the good soil, [(1 Corinthians 2:4), this scripture explains how we were born again and how we are sustained by this Word.] The other reason is that we know that these persecutions permit us to share in His sufferings that we may also share in His glory. Like Christ, for the prize set before us, we must endure everything (Hebrews 12:2). When all is said and done the question you need to ask yourself is “What type of pig am I”? What type of house have I built?
It’s the suffering that makes you more like Jesus. Even He Himself had to suffer so that He may become a usable vessel