Though pointed toward cross-cultural missions, this quote from Pastor John’s book, Let the Nations Be Glad, is applicable to any of us called to persevere through suffering for the sake of Christ and for others:
The suffering of Christ is a call for a certain mind-set toward suffering, namely, that it is normal and that the path of love and missions will often require it.
Thus, Peter says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12).
Suffering with Christ is not strange; it is your calling, your vocation.
John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad, p. 78.