The Other Side of Pain – Hope in the Midst of Life’s Work By: Karen Polich
How is your work life? Are you excited every day, anticipating another great day with an amazing boss and wonderful coworkers? Is it a grind? Do you sigh heavily as you prepare yourself for another day doing something that you simply don’t want to do? Has your hope diminished?
1 Peter 2:18-25
Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in His steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by His wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Pastor Cook discussed Peter’s words and what we are called to do. God has given us instructions with His clear intention that we endure whatever our circumstances may be. We are called to be a living and active illustration. (Romans 8:35-39)
What might God be working in your life? Does He have you walking through a difficult situation right now? Could He be after the process of your growth? We are called to follow the footprints of Christ. Your actions may be the only glimpse of Christ a difficult boss sees. Are you seeking out the opportunity to shine as His example? Excellence in all we do as we follow Him. That is the hope on the other side.
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