“We have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men.”
The Apostle Paul wrote that to a church in the city of Corinth in AD 53.
Almost 2,000 years ago. Paul dealt with many different trails and tribulations, with persecution, but the thought remains the same for us today.
Led into the coliseum, thrown before the crowds. A place of battle, a place reserved for combat, for death. All eyes are on them. The crowd asking, “What will be their next move? Will he be able to get out of this? Is she going to overcome? Will they embarrass themselves again?”
As a teenager, a young adult, a parent, young at heart, all eyes are on you. Even a college student. For you are brought into the theater, brought out to the public view of the world. They sit, watching, waiting, and asking, “What will be their next move?” Our response?
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
We are brought into the theater, brought out to the public view of the world. Angels and men are witnesses to our persecutions, sufferings, patience, and magnanimity. They all see that we suffer for our fidelity to Christ, and how we suffer; how great and imminent are our dangers, and how bravely we encounter them; how sharp our sufferings, and how patiently we endure them, by the power of divine grace and our Christian principles.