1 Peter 2:20b-22 NIV 2011
But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed not sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
Peter’s first letter to the Gentile and Jewish believers in Asia Minor offered instructions on holy living even during persecution. 1 Peter 3:17, “For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” Both verses call for endurance even when unjustly accused. Jesus came as the suffering Servant-Savior. The disciples followed Jesus’ example in Acts 5:41, “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” God’s faithful follow Jesus’ model serving and suffering for the salvation of others.
Jesus was the Perfect Servant Savior. He’s definitely a tough act to follow. I don’t know about you but I’m not a big fan of suffering. Living where we do we have the ability to go to church and fellowship with other believers whenever we choose. The first century church flourished in spite of their suffering. Studying The Acts of the Apostles this year in BSF, we’ve seen God use ordinary men and women to extraordinary work. Daily why don’t we choose to follow Him and share God’s Truth?
What will we suffer to save others?
Willingly serving Jesus together,