Friday, April 06, 2012
Lent, day 39: Good Friday. Learning to Suffer Joyfully.
The fifth thing I am learning from Colossians is found in Paul’s statement, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” (Col 1:24, RSV). Christian ministry (and all are who Christians are ministers) is about joining in the sufferings of Christ for the benefit of others. The God who has hidden us in Christ at his right hand and will reveal us in glory calls us to share in Christ’s suffering in this present life, and to do so joyfully. How? Only God knows.