SUFFEFRING FOR OTHERS
I have often referred to the blessings of being a Rotarian. Rotarians are a group of individuals who are dedicated to serving. It is not a religious group, but it shares many Christian attributes. Many Christians have an attitude of, “What’s in it for me?”, rather than, “How can I help others?” Some have left the church because they said they were not being “fed.” Their focus was on “self.” The Rotary’s mission is “Service Above Self.” It’s not about us! It was never about us, and it will never be. When was the last time you suffered for others? Have you ever suffered for anyone? In Colossians 1:24, we find these words:
“I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church.”
Paul said that he suffered for others for the sake of the church. He is not seeking recognition, but rather, he wants to know Christ and the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10). He has not allowed his suffering to take him from Christ or cause him to become angry toward the people. The power of God and the prayers of his fellow believers sustained him. Let us all strive to serve others, pray for and care for one another so that God may be glorified!