Worth More Than the World Has to Offer!
It is one thing to seek God; it is quite another to have God seek you!
In John 9, Jesus made clay and healed a man who was blind from birth on the Sabbath. His neighbors brought the healed man to the Pharisees. They refused to accept his story of how Jesus had healed him and called his parents to explain.
His parents would not explain and told the Pharisees he was old enough to speak for himself. Upon hearing the healed man speak again of how Jesus had healed him, the Pharisees cast him out of the synagogue.
Jesus searched for him until He found him.
Jesus sought this man out when others had forsaken him. The acceptance of Jesus is worth more than everything this world has to offer. This is what enables the believer to endure and even leap for joy amidst persecution.
When our sufferings in Christ abound, then the consolation of Christ abounds much more. Notice that this man's parents knew the truth, but refused to share it for fear of persecution. Jesus didn’t seek them out (Jn. 9:22). They chose the company of the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, which is exactly what they got.
Even though the believer is redeemed and delivered from many afflictions that were a result of sin and its power, we are still called to partake in what the Scriptures call the sufferings or afflictions of Christ (2 Cor. 1:5; Col. 1:24).
However, these afflictions are not sickness and poverty as some religious teachings suggest. These afflictions are described as the fellowship of sufferings a believer will encounter for doing the will of God, or the sufferings brought on by one's allegiance to Christ.
Persecution for righteousness' sake is not something we can rebuke (2 Tim. 3:12).
We must remember that as we live godly lives, suffering will follow. The Apostle Peter reminds us that these trials of our faith will result in praise, honor, and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 1:7).
Jesus' comfort, strength, help, and love are ready to overflow into every trial we face if we will only look to Him (Heb. 12:2).