No one said it would be easy, the Christian life I mean.
Well, maybe they did but they lied.
It is filled with highs and lows, scars and wounds.
A servant cannot be greater than his master (John 15:20). And in this case, the hands and feet of the master was pierced on the cross. But we desperately wish for ours to be whole.
NO to pain, rejection, persecution or disappointment.
If any man will be my disciple, he must pick up his cross, deny himself and follow me. -Matthew 16:25
And the truth is that we cannot pick up our cross without expecting it to leave some scars. And when it does, we’ll get to show Him our scars and He’ll show us His. He’ll comfort us and remind us that we are being conformed into His image through them.
And maybe we’ll pray for Him to come (Rev. 22:20). We’ll ask for Him to come quickly because we are desperately looking forward to the new heavens and the new earth where our tears will be wiped away for all eternity (Rev. 21:1,4).
And there will be times when we will truly and painfully wonder if the scars are worth it and we’ll consider walking away. Continue reading