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Serving and Suffering Are Christian Norms

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him. We must perform the deeds of the one who sent me as long as it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work……(His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be put out of the synagogue……. They heaped insults on him, saying, “You are his disciple! We are disciples of Moses!……They replied, “You were born completely in sinfulness, and yet you presume to teach us?” So they threw him out.” John 9:3-4, 22, 28, 34 NET


Bad things occur in our world because of sin. When Jesus reigns physically as King of kings, no more death, sorrow, or pain will exist in the kingdom to come. Until then, bad things happen because we are broken. Our neighbor and world are broken. What should be done with all this brokenness? This is our day to show the love of God, the compassion of God, and the generosity of God by helping, serving, and caring for others. We are to do such good works that men see them and praise God. Some, however will despise our good works. They will hate our pro-life stance, our marriage between one man and one woman only teaching. Our proclamation of God’s creation of only men and women is our sole identity to bring before Him in service and surrender. They will heap insults upon us and even remove us from jobs and influence because they are the enlightened. They are the self-righteous teachers of our culture, filling our universities and media with godless myths that deceive many, including many of our children we place under their influence. We are to be bold and courageous lovers of Jesus. Doing good and proclaiming His goodness is the will of God for all of His children, for we must suffer as He did when He lived among us. We do not suffer to achieve salvation for all, but we all are to suffer to show the salvation of the One Who achieved it for us all by His blood.

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