Magnify God’s Influence in the Arena

Isobel Kuhn was a Canadian missionary to China in the early 1900’s. Before her death in 1957, she wrote a book, In the Arena, in which she described every hardship she faced as placing her in an arena. A stadium in which others watched as her suffering placed her in a position to magnify God’s glory and message of salvation.

arena with peopleLikewise, the apostle Paul’s prison chains pushed him into a prison arena where both jailer and jailed heard his witness and accepted Christ.

Only after Malala Yousafzai’s gunshot wound to the head by Taliban who sought to silence her, did she enter the world’s stage, heralding her cause for peace and the freedom of education for all girls.

Only after a diving accident and quadriplegia, did Joni Tada Erickson turn her wheelchair into the pulpit from which she exalted God’s faithfulness and inspire countless people across the continents.

Only after Louie Zamperini survived a plane crash in the Pacific, forty-seven days adrift with little food and water, and months of torture at the hands of Japanese soldiers could Laura Hillenbrand pen his memoir of survival and resilience during World War II in The Unbroken. Only then could  Zamperini’s story of suffering, redemption  and forgiveness of his captors testify to millions of readers.

These are only a few examples of suffering transformed into triumph. Our suffering can place us in time and place where God can use it to magnify His glory. Where we can witness to His Presence and trust in His love for us. Where we can advance the gospel in our brokenness.

Are you in a season of suffering? God can use that arena to magnify your influence for Him.

And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. (Philippians 1:12, NLT)

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About Gloria Ashby

I'm a writer, speaker and teacher. I live with my husband in the DFW area, and close to our daughter and her family.
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2 Responses to Magnify God’s Influence in the Arena

  1. jz7dp8 says:

    Well said, Gloria. This is right in line with todays “Jesus Calling” devotional. It is a good lesson for us to take to heart that our suffering helps to accomplish God’s purpose for our lives. We must all pray and be patient for Him to show us what He would have us do with our suffering to help further the kingdom of God.

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