If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. — 2 Cor 11:30
The patriot soldier’s best credentials are his wounds and scars. They are not disfigurements of which he is ashamed, but marks of honor, of which he is proud.
An English soldier referred to his scars as his decorations. Paul speaks of his sufferings and persecutions and of the losses and trials he had endured as a minister as the credentials of his service, and as marks of honor and distinction. He even glories in them. “If I must need glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weakness.”
In another of his epistles Paul speaks of these memorials of suffering and endurance as “marks of Jesus,” which he bore branded on his body.
We are not at all accustomed to think in this way of the costs of our Christian discipleship. We are apt to complain of the things we have to suffer.
But if we suffer for Christ, we may count ourselves honoured. Jesus said, “Blessed are ye when men shall… persecute you.”