“If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” 1 Peter 4:14
(This entry was written last Tuesday, when the issue about Manny Pacquio was hot and trending.)
When I read today’s devotional, I understood what God allowed Manny Pacquiao to go through. Years ago when I knew that the People’s Champ became a Christian, and a radical one for that matter, the first thought that came to my mind was how great a responsibility lies in his hands. Literally, the man has everything. And he has God. He has wealth, a good family, supporters, and a good name worldwide.
The controversies he is facing today are just but a normal part of the deal. When one becomes a true disciple of Jesus Christ, there will be serious challenges that would pose big choices. Will he compromise his faith or stand up for Jesus? He did the latter; he had chosen the narrow way that leads to life. He had chosen rightly; consequently, he needed to endure the insults, the wrong accusations, the malice and intrigue, things people say and do, which are inevitable and uncontrollable. By the grace of God, Pacman would endure it, like Jesus did.
We should feel blessed when we experience our own portion of insults and fiery trials for the sake of our faith. We are even more blessed knowing that when we go through these challenges, “the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon us”. When the Holy Spirit is with us, we have victory. And we have liberty!
People think we’re weak when we suffer for Jesus, but it is the entire opposite. We gain most because His joy is our strength and His death on the cross brought us life. His suffering gave us freedom to live apart from the mundane into the meaningful.