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Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, | Romans 5:3
Staying physically fit is important to most of us. We try our best to eat well, exercise and keep up with our friends that make a healthy lifestyle look easy. You know who I’m talking about. We all have those friends, the bodybuilding type with perfect bodies and the discipline to never eat pizza. They make it look easy. But they’d tell you that’s the furthest from the truth.
It takes hard work to get their bodies so toned and a massive amount of self-control to eat spinach and grilled chicken for every meal. They have to exert themselves so much in their workouts, using all of the energy they have stored, that the body becomes so fatigued and muscles start to build. They push themselves to the end not because they enjoy the pain, but because they know what the end result will be. They know that muscle will be built.
They know they will become stronger in the end.
Then there’s life. Life is a seemingly long, hard workout full of suffering. For a follower of Christ, suffering is guaranteed. The more we suffer, the more we can endure. The more we persevere through the troubling times, the more spiritual muscle is built.
But there will be an end, won’t there?
Of course there will be an end.
Through the hard workout of living life in this world, though we are guaranteed suffering, we are also guaranteed a more than perfect end result. We are promised perfect, glorified bodies that won’t have to suffer physically or spiritually any longer. We are promised unending joy with an end to trials forever. We are promised life everlasting, face to face, with our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Suffering produces endurance.
Christ understood that truth very well through His time on earth. He endured through the suffering with US in mind. He didn’t quit. He thought of us as worthy. We were worth all of the suffering. Is He not worth more than this light and momentary suffering (2 Corinthians 4:17) we face here today?
Press on, brothers and sisters.
Through every trial and every circumstance of suffering, He is building more and more spiritual muscle in you to face the next day. And as you continue to suffer and endure through the suffering, you will be one day closer to forever with Christ.