The church in Smyrna suffered much for Christ. Today, many believers in the world continue to suffer the sake of Christ. Jesus encourages to not fear in our suffering and to stay faithful in living for Him in this world. Our ultimate reward is not in this life but in the life to come.
In America, Christians have been largely insulated from the suffering that the rest of the Christians in the world endures for Jesus’ sake. Yet Peter teaches us in suffering, we have a platform to shout loudly the Gospel with our actions. We must learn from Peter and lean on Jesus as we prepare ourselves to suffer well for the name of Jesus if we are called upon to do so.
In order for us to shine for Jesus in this dark world, we must be convicted of the greatness of our salvation. The gift of salvation guarantees us a living hope for an inheritance in heaven. Our assurance of salvation is actualized through present trials and suffering. And our salvation is built upon God’s divine orchestration of people’s sacrifices and obedience.