The Three Be’s
When growing up as a child, I can remember that I wanted to "be" a trash collector. I thought it was cool to see them riding on the back of the trash truck. After going through that phase, I wanted to "be" a mailman. They were always nice, and they were like Santa Clause, at least if I got mail. The next thing I desired "to be" was Superman. I had a cape and everything! Daily, when I was in my Superman gear, I would go outside to "fly" by getting on top of the retaining wall and jump off, hoping to fly. I wanted to be all of these things as a child but to no avail.
Later on, before graduating High School, I can remember being asked numerous times by numerous people, "what are you going to school for." In essence, they are asking, "what do you want to be when you grow up." It seems like we are always striving "to be" something or someone for most of our lives. Even as adults, we want to "be" better parents, better spouses, or the better at our occupation.
Paul gives us three simple "be's" in our lives, and they are in Romans 12:12, which says,
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." -Romans 12:12 NIV
Paul's first be is for us to be "joyful in hope," we can look forward to our future with Christ, where there will be no more tears, pain, or crying. (Revelations 21:4) We can look forward to being in His Manifest Presence. Let's be joyful in this hope that we have, and may God use this for His glory. This "hope" means something "to look forward to," it's confidence in what is to come. Let's be confidently looking at our Savior and looking forward to what He has promised us.
Paul's second "be" is for us to be "patient in affliction." But how can we be like Job in the Bible and "be patient in affliction?" We can be patient in our afflictions by looking forward to our hope and looking to our "Author and Perfector of our faith", Jesus Christ. ( Hebrews 12: 2)
James also reminds us to be patient in our afflictions like a farmer waiting to harvest his crops in James 5, where he says,
"Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near." -James 5:7-8 NIV
Paul's third be is for us to "be faithful in prayer." Prayer is the "power of God's people." It is something we can do at any time. We don't need to bring anything with us. All that is needed is a desire to grow deeper in our walk with Christ. When we pray, we grow joyful in our hope, and He can empower us to be joyful in our afflictions because we are spending time with our Creator, the One in full-control.
All for Jesus,
1 Timothy 1:12-17