In the middle of suffering, don't forget the sacrifice made for you
Before reading this article, take a look at 2 Timothy 2:1-13.
Imagine if someone died for you
If someone you know dies. You remember it.
Maybe an uncle. Maybe a grandparent.
But when it happens you remember it right?
Well imagine if someone died ... for you. Someone shoots at you or you're about to get hit by a car. But then someone takes the bullet for you, they push you out of the way of the car. Someone dies for you.
Well Jesus has done just that. Jesus has died for you.
In 2 Timothy 2:8, Paul urges Timothy to "Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal".
Is it possible that Timothy would forget Jesus? I doubt it! So why is Paul reminding Timothy to remember Jesus?
Remember Jesus because he has defeated death and brought us life! He has saved us by grace!
Remember Jesus because he is worth suffering for. What he did for us helps us to endure our own hardships.
When we remember Jesus, we remember how he suffered. We keep going because we know that we have eternal glory in the future because of what he did at the cross.
How will you remember?
What are you going to do to make sure you remember Jesus, particularly as life gets busy?
I have two suggestions.
Write “RJ” on your hand every day.
Memorise 2 Timothy 2:8 this week.