“That I May Share His Sufferings”
A Lenten Meditation on the Christian Life
“Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.
Three times I have been beaten with rods.
Once I was stoned.
Three times I have been shipwrecked.
A night and a day I have been adrift at sea.
On frequent journeys.
In danger from rivers.
Danger from robbers.
Danger from my own people.
Danger from Gentiles.
Danger in the city.
Danger in the wilderness.
Danger at sea.
Danger from false brethren.
In toil and hardship.
Through many a sleepless night.
In hunger and thirst.
Often without food.
In cold and exposure.
The daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches.”
“Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Paul (2 Corinthians 11:24-28)
P.S. “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.”
©2014 Desiring God Foundation. Used by Permission.
Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in physical form, in its entirety or in unaltered excerpts, as long as you do not charge a fee. For posting online, please use only unaltered excerpts (not the content in its entirety) and provide a hyperlink to this page. For videos, please embed from the original source. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by Desiring God.
Please include the following statement on any distributed copy: By John Piper. ©2014 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org