Worthy of the Kingdom
which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;
II Thessalonians 1:5 NKJV
Paul’s ministry took place only a few years after Jesus’ resurrection. Already there was persecution. It’s amazing how quickly it happened. Christianity grew in the midst of persecution.
What does it mean to be counted worthy of the kingdom of God? Suffering may play a part in that. Could I endure the suffering they endured and stay strong? No one wants to suffer but everyone should be ready to suffer. If suffering changes my allegiance then my allegiance is a convenience allegiance. That’s a contradiction.
Jesus, make me ready. Make me worthy. Amen.