Hardship of the Gospel Print
Tuesday, 09 January 2007 07:36

Written by Keith Strohm

St. Paul exhorts us to "bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God." (2Tim 1:8) What we need to ask ourselves is exactly what hardships do we bear for the sake of the gospel. During Paul's time, being a Christian meant, in many instances, persecution--the threat of punishment, torture, and even death. Proclaiming the love and the truth of the resurrected Christ was a dangerous ministry.

Though times have changed, in many parts of the world living out or faith is not a punishable offense, sharing the truth of Christ's presence in our lives, through word and deed, is still a risk. We risk our reputations, the good opinion of others, and even, in some cases, job opportunities. The Wisdom of God is foolishness to the world, and so we are called to be 'fools' for Christ, proclaiming his love to a world that hungers for it, yet does not know the depths of its need.

What hardships do you endure for the sake of the gospel? If you're like me, and the answer is 'very little,' then perhaps we must confront a difficult truth: Perhaps we bear little hardship for the gospel because we bear only a little of the gospel to the world.