Sep 28th 2021 · Day 271
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‘We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part’ (2 Corinthians 8:1-2).
When my friend, who happened to not be a Jesus follower, asked me how I managed to remain calm in the middle of challenging circumstances, the question made me think. How do I manage to handle stress with relative ease? My only answer is the grace of God. It seems to me that what really tells the world that we are different, is not the mountaintop experiences, or even our beliefs and convictions, but rather how we handle the trials of life.
The early Christians were known as followers of the Way (see Acts 24:14) and were marked by their willingness to suffer and die for the cause.
We are told by Paul here in 2 Corinthians, that the churches in Macedonia overflowed with generosity in the midst of their harshest trials. I wonder what flows out of us when we go through difficulties. Evidence of the grace of God is seen most in our reactions, not just our faith confessions. As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words – and that can be very true for our faith. I wonder: how do people view us, and our beliefs, when they see us going through tough times?
How are your reactions to suffering and hardship? What comes out when you are pressed?
Pause and reflect: Lord, help me to be so full of Your Spirit that when I am squeezed by life, the overflow is the Holy Spirit. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT
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