Today’s Scripture: And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 2 Corinthians 1:7
The preacher, Charles Spurgeon, tells this story:
There was a certain king whose son was sent on an errand to a far country, and when he came into that country, although he was the lawful prince of it, he found that the citizens would not acknowledge him. They mocked at him, jeered at him, and took him and set him in stocks. There they scoffed at him and pelted him with filth.
Now there was one in that country who knew the prince, and he alone stood up for him when all the mob was raging against him. This man stood side-by-side to wipe the filth from that dear, royal face; and when from cruel hands objects were thrown, this man took his full share; and whenever he could, he thrust himself before the prince to ward off the blows from him if possible, and to bear the scorn instead of him.
Now it came to pass that after awhile, the prince went on his way, and in time the man who had been the prince’s friend was called to the king’s palace. And on a day when all the princes of the court were around, and the peers and nobles of the land were sitting in their places, the king came to his throne and he called for that man, and he said, “Make way, princes and nobles! Make way! Here is a man more noble than you all, for he stood boldly forth with my son when he was scorned and scoffed at! Make way, I say, each one of you, for he shall sit at my right hand with my own son. As he took a share of his scorn, he shall now take a share of his honor.
And there sat princes and nobles who wished that they had been there – they now envied the man who had been privileged to endure scorn and scoffing for the prince’s sake!
As believers, we need to remember the privilege it is to suffer for Christ. We will not regret enduring scorn and scoffing for Jesus.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.