Knowing that God has heaven waiting for us, what are we willing to endure for the sake of Jesus and His message of love?
3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. Pr 17:3
Crucible- a ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures.
– a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.
God honors the decisions of every person to be obedient or disobedient to His leadership. Consequently, those who choose disobedience cause hardship and heartache for those around them. When they are in charge of a country, such as North Korea, many face the crucible for their faith in Jesus. Pray for the 60,000+ Christians in labor camps as they patiently endure (Col. 1:11) this trial. And they are in good company. Read Paul’s account of their missionary journeys:
12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. 1Co 4:12-13
What are we willing to endure, go without, or take on for the sake of our LORD? Many times, our circumstances dictate these “opportunities” to stand for Him. Let’s be bold and brave and face them with the confidence we have in the hope of heaven! These things we know:
- That He has our back;
- That something good will come of it;
- That even if we die, we have so much to gain in heaven;
- That one way or the other, we will be created into something new. WE WILL BE LIKE CHRIST!
Of course, don’t go looking for a crucible. Allow God to lead your circumstances.
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Ro 12:18
Let’s join in prayer for those who are going through a crucible. Let us “rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (15),” and take on their attitude:
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Being ambassadors for Christ is not always easy. Let’s be ready for whatever comes our way trusting that Jesus knows our hearts and that he will sustain us.
“Sometimes He calms the storm, and other times He calms His child.*