All the stories of success in chapter 11 make it sound like life with Jesus is always up and to the right, climbing - even soaring - to the lofty heights of faith and virtue.
And then there's the end of chapter 11.
Some didn't make it. Some were tortured. Some were imprisoned. Some flogged. Some sawn in two.
Not exactly how you think it will go.
There are points of life where it feels like you're Midas. A golden touch and wonder and awe. And there are points where flogging, stoning, torture, and a saw is your lot.
Either way the call is the same: be faithful. That's a strong word for me today.