What if it was You?

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, December 21, 2018


“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled?” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38

I’m fascinated by the story of Joni Erickson Tada. At the age of 17, Joni had a diving accident that left her paralyzed. She has since used a wheelchair. About four years ago, Joni was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy. She had a mastectomy and was declared cancer-free in 2015. Nevertheless, she said that her suffering made her see heaven.

When I think about how the Angel inconvenienced Mary’s life with the news that she would be the mother of Jesus at a very tender age, it causes me to wonder. That pregnancy was not only inconvenient, but it also threatened her standing in her community, endangered her engagement with Joseph, and imperiled her life. Yet Marie’s response was “I am the Lord’s servant,” “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Wow!

What if you were given an assignment with so many downsides? I realize we don’t get to pick and choose our divine assignment. But what should we do when God asks us to do something that may cause people to look down on us or to disrespect us or even harm us?

One thing for sure, there is a biblical expectation for followers of Jesus to suffer. Yet when the time for suffering comes, many of us lose our faith and try to walk away from our God-given assignment. Others become bitter and angry at God when their assignment includes pain and suffering.

When God called the apostle Paul, he told him that he would suffer greatly for preaching the Gospel. Jesus told the disciples they would be persecuted and put to death for his namesake (Matthew 24:9). Many Christians were burned alive or eating alive by wild animals in the Roman Coliseum. Nevertheless, followers of Jesus Christ in those days never stopped preaching the gospel.

The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ to the unsaved. But preaching the gospel and living the gospel can be fatal. When God gives us an assignment with many potential risks, we have to trust that he keep in perfect peace those whose mind is steadfast, because they trust in him (Isaiah 26:3).

God always equip us with everything we need to do his assignment. So whatever God has purposed us to do, he will help us fulfill it. Mary did not know how she is going to handle her life-changing assignment. She had enough faith in God that things would work out and felt honored to be chosen for assignment no matter how inconvenient it would be.

What if the days ahead will be challenging as you try to live out your God-given purpose? If you are the one God has called to endure suffering for his namesake, rejoice. For those who sow in tears will reap a harvest of joy (Psalm 126:5).

I don’t know why some people seem to go through life as if they are floating on a cloud, while others seem to be forever struck with the slings and arrows of misfortune. But I like to think that because of our faith in God, whatever our assignment we will be able to say “it is well with our soul.”

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give continue strength, courage, grace, and faith to those who have been called to the ministry of suffering.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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