February 4, 2018
Hebrews 5: 8-9
What all is involved for a person to grow in the Lord? First, one has to have a personal relationship with the Lord and we receive this privilege through salvation. Once we are saved, God wants to transform our lives through becoming Christ-like. This process involves many things like our prayer life, personal and group Bible study, worship and openness to God’s direction in your life, becoming involved in service and ministry, and fellowshipping with others in the family of God. The scripture today tells us that Jesus as the Son of God learned obedience through what He suffered and once made perfect, He became the source of eternal life for all who obey Him. Who wants to volunteer to suffer for the cause of the Kingdom of God?
1 The Positive Aspect
There is a positive aspect to suffering. We all endure suffering to some degree, but the good news is that through it we can become like Jesus. Are you willing to pay whatever price is necessary in order to become like Christ? There are some things that God can build in your life only through suffering. Even Jesus, the sinless Son of God, was complete only after He had endured the suffering His Father had sat before Him. Once He had suffered, He was complete, mature, and the perfect Savior through whom an entire world could find salvation. Last week we sang the song, “Jesus Paid It All.” Jesus indeed sacrificed everything for you to receive everything God wants you to have in life! Jesus is the perfect example of suffering and sacrificial love for each of us who believe.
Have you discovered that sometimes our heartaches and struggles make us stronger?
Suffering often humbles us and helps us understand our deepest needs and greater dependence in Him!
2 Beware Of Bitterness
If you become bitter over your hardships, you close some parts of your life from God. If you do this, you will never be complete. Some places in your soul can be reached only by suffering. The Spirit of God has important things to teach you, but you can only learn these lessons in the midst of your trials. King Saul was made king without ever enduring hardship, but he never developed the character or maturity to handle God’s assignments. He never seemed to understand God’s requirements of a submissive heart and unconditional obedience to the Lord. King Saul’s soul was stressed and vexed because of something that was missing in His life. Could it be that we are like Saul in many ways by taking things into our own hands and doing things our way instead of God’s way? And when we don’t get our way we can develop an attitude of pride, arrogance, bitterness, and judgementalism toward anyone who challenges our limited authority and opinions. King Saul became so bitter and jealous toward David that he sought to kill him. That is what one might call a bad and or bitter attitude.
How do you handle challenges and hardships in your life?
Have you been frustrated lately?
Do you reject and seek to run from suffering in your life? Most people do!
3 Allow God To Perfect You
The word to perfect one’s life means to allow God to mature you and grow you to where He wants you to be. In contrast to Saul’s life, David spent years in suffering and heartache. When he finally ascended the throne, he was known as a man after God’s own heart. Don’t resent the suffering God allows in your life. Don’t make all your decisions and invest everything you have into avoiding hardship. God did not spare His own Son. How can we expect him to spare us? Learn to walk with God obediently even when it hurts! God desires to perfect us in order to use us for His glory. I am so proud that God did not give up on me and I fully understand that he is still working on me and there is still much to be accomplished. There is hope for us all! “And once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.” (v 9) May it be that when God perfects us we would become the source of Eternal blessings!
Perfect us Lord!