Although we know that the benefits of our struggles are great in the end if we endure hardship, a lot of times the “going through” seems so much larger than the end result that we’re trying to “get to.” Many times we get discouraged and want to give up. Many times, the labor pains are so excruciating that we begin to focus on the pain rather than on what is to be birthed and what is to come.
This is especially true in ministry and in visions that God gives us. More often than not, we know the vision that God has given to us, but we don’t always know how to get to where we need to be. In a different light, some times we know exactly where we need to be and where we want to go but we are not willing to go through the pain, suffering and trials to get there. Then, we have the audacity to look at other people and covet their blessings not knowing that they sacrificed to get there…Not knowing that they chose some “hard rights” over some “easy wrongs…” Not knowing that they remained faithfully on their knees daily crying out to God…Not knowing that they had to give up some things that you would never be willing to give up just so that they could obtain what God had for them.
Did you ever think that maybe they are just getting rewarded for diligently seeking Christ? Maybe if you sought Him through all of your trials, fears and doubts instead of giving up you would be rewarded too? The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Maybe if you laid everything aside, picked up your cross and followed Him you would be exceedingly blessed. Are you willing to do it? Are you willing to be obedient?
Jesus says in Matthew 16:24-25, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” In addition to, in Luke 9:23, Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Jesus also tells us in Mark 10:29-30 that “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.”
So, not only does Jesus tell us to lose our life in order to find our life, but he also tells us that when we choose to leave what is comfortable, such as family, friends, and materialistic things of this world that cause us to get distracted, we will receive back a hundred fold. That’s better than what we lost! What a deal! We just have to be willing to let go in order to receive better. We have to be willing to trade our ashes in for beauty. The problem is that many of us don’t want to risk being temporarily uncomfortable so we stay where we are. And in return, you keep what you have. It is only when you open your hand that you can receive something in return for what you gave up.
You see saints of God, we want it easy. We want to “get to,” but we don’t want to “go through.” My sisters and brothers, this NOT possible in the Kingdom of God. The problem is that we want to be comfortable. We want to “stay safe” where we are. We’re too afraid to step out into the unknown. God is saying step out of the boat! We must go through in order to get to where God wants us to be. We must subject ourselves to the very things that we are afraid of in order to grow and get stronger and receive what God has for us. In order to become wiser we must first be confounded in the foolishness of this world. In order to become secure, we must first recognize and deal with our insecurities. In order to become strong, we must first become weak and realize that in our weakness God is strong.
Keep going…There’s light at the end of the tunnel. I promise. You just have to be willing to walk to it. You’ll never make it to the light if you stop. You may feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, but just as the train reaches the opening of light, you will too. The only reason the train doesn’t make it to the light is if it gets derailed. Stay on track and let nothing derail you from the path that God has set underneath your feet to follow. Blessings are awaiting…