This excerpt from a recent blog post by Ray Ortlund is simply gripping:
Loyalty to Christ is loyalty to a crucified Hero. Standing boldly for Christ doesn’t mean we have to win; it just means standing, whatever the outcome. Frederick William Faber:
Thrice blest is he to whom is given the instinct that can tell
That God is on the field when he is most invisible.
He hides himself so wondrously, as though there were no God;
He is least seen when all the powers of ill are most abroad.
Then learn to scorn the praise of men and learn to lose with God;
For Jesus won the world through shame, and beckons thee his road.