Despising the Shame – By Pastor Nate Carter

Pastor Nate Carter

“Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Some things in the Christian life were never meant to be enjoyed. Jesus didn’t enjoy being rejected and misunderstood. He didn’t enjoy being spat on, flogged and crucified between two thieves. How was He able to do it? He looked beyond the Cross with its shame, to the resurrection with its glory, and ultimately to the birth of a Church that was destined to change the world. Champions are willing to do things they despise in order to create things they love. Paul said, “I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” {Romans 8:18).

Recently, I heard a Christian friend say, “I’d go through it all again to get to where I am today; and to have what I have in Christ.” Moses had this perspective. Listen: “By faith Moses … refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time … because he was looking ahead to his reward” (Hebrews 11 :24-26, NIV). Today, with God’s help, you can go through anything when you realize the reward that’s waiting for you up ahead.