Today’s Scripture: It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 2 Timothy 2:11-12

The preacher, Charles Spurgeon, tells this story:

There was a certain king whose son was sent on an errand to a far country. Although he was the lawful prince of it, he found that the citizens would not acknowledge him. They mocked him, jeered him, and took him and set him in stocks. There they scoffed at him and pelted him with filth.

Now there was one in that country who knew the prince, and he alone stood up for him when all the mob was raging against him. This man stood side-by-side to wipe the filth from that dear, royal face. When from cruel hands objects were thrown, this man took his full share. Whenever he could, he thrust himself before the prince to ward off the blows. He faithfully stood to bear the scorn in the prince’s place.

Now it came to pass that after a while, the prince went on his way. In time the man who had been the prince’s friend was called to the king’s palace. On a day when all the princes of the court were around, and the peers and nobles of the land were sitting in their places, the king came to his throne. He called for that man, and he said, “Make way, princes and nobles! Make way! Here is a man more noble than you all, for he stood boldly forth with my son when he was scorned and scoffed at! Make way, I say, each one of you, for he shall sit at my right hand with my own son. As he took a share of his scorn, he shall now take a share of his honor.”

The princes and nobles who wished that they had been there now envied the man who had been privileged to endure scorn and scoffing for the prince’s sake!

I like this story because it helps believers to remember that it is an honor to suffer for our Savior!