The first century Stoic writer, Seneca, made this comment about Christians: “In the midst of the flame and the rack, I have seen men not only not groan, that is little; not only not complain, that is little; not only not answer back, that is too little; but I have seen them smile, and smile with a good heart.” Seneca was not a Christian, but he was watching Christians and he noticed a difference.
There is something to be said for style in enduring adversity. I blogged on this point some time ago in relation to the martyrdom of Polycarp. The Apostle Peter said trials give the Christian the opportunity for demonstrating the “proof of your faith.” (I Peter 1:6-7). The quote from Seneca above shows that that proof is not just for the believer but also for non-Christians who are watching.
Next time you are going through a tough time, remember that others are watching you. You are an ambassador for the kingdom of God and it’s King, Jesus. What proof will you give them of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in you? GS