The Work of Sorrow

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now 'If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?' Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:17-19

The focused walk of the Christian is unfathomable to the world. The fact that an individual would be willing to suffer, walk against the current of “normal”, and stand firmly focused on Jesus apart from the continual sorrows this world produces is truly an oddity. But, what is even more odd is the fact that across all cultures, all continents, and all social classes that this world uses to divide and label people, the prevailing force of Christ in the lives of Christians is an unswerving force of unity in spirit. The reason for the determined focus of commonality of those who follow Christ, from the inside at least, is obvious – when our lives are given over to Jesus and He transforms us, only thing left within each of us to drive us forward is the purpose of Christ by the means He has given us, through the circumstances He allows around us, and within the places He takes us.

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14

Salvation begins for all people in the same place, sorrow within the context our own personal sinfulness. And therefore, purpose follows suit and begins in the same place, in service of our Lord Jesus Christ who alone has the ability to save us from our fallen state. For those who have allowed the sorrow of personal sin to open their hearts and tear out the worldly labels that once dictated their actions, fears, justifications, and goals are those who accept that within Christ there is no division except amongst those who are saved and those who are unsaved. It is within the eternal division that Christ Jesus allows us to see that all other soul restraining confinements are loosed and before God there is but one line of separation.

Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2 Corinthians 7:9-11

Has the sorrow of our own personal sinfulness taken hold of your soul? Or instead, are you still focusing on what you can boast in that this world has afforded you privileges in? If you desire to follow the road of salvation, then your focus must dwell on your need to be sorrowful, broken, and empty before the Lord. Together as Christians we walk along this uncommon road with the hope that those who we walk past while moving upstream may see something beyond an oddity and turn their lives to join us in our progression of faith towards eternal glory.


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