As I stood there in the first row of the large conference, I raised my hands and sang my heart out. I was hoping to soak up every drop of every word spoken. every song. every prayer. This was my gift to myself for my 40th birthday. I wanted to spend time, just me and Jesus, and well, of course, the hundreds of other attendees at the conference, too.
“You are worthy of it all…” As I sang out these words, I felt the lump building in my throat. Then, I started to shake as I attempted to hold back the tears, but couldn’t any longer. A deep realization, one that I imagine will only be so small in comparision to one day when we stand before Jesus, came over me. He IS worthy of it all. He has done so much for me. Every inconvenience I experience as I walk in obedience to Him was nothing. Every thing I have laid down to follow Him was worthless. All the relationships that have fallen away as I pursue Him, inconsequential. He is worthy of it all. At this point, tears and ugly crying took over as I wailed out loud as the realization hit me so hard. A woman came over to me and gave me a hug. I was so thankful for her, as I buried my face in her shoulder to muffle out the uncontrollable crying.
Now several years later, as I was reading 2 Timothy 2, it hit me again. God has not called us to a comfortable, laid back, easy life.
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 2 Timothy 2:3-6
Soldiers, athletes, and farmers are not typically thought of people that used to sit around a lot and “chill.” While resting is not bad, it should be in proportion and response to being hardworking for Jesus. I think it’s interesting that Strong’s concordance defines hardworking as “to labor, toil, work hard and feel fatigue.” We should be enduring hardship for HIm. We have not been called to a comfortable life.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men Colossians 3:23
Actually in our study in Amos, God was rebuking the Israelites for being too comfortable! They had gotten too comfortable to care about the poor and down trodden. They had gotten too comfortable to actually give their sacrifices from their hearts and with meaning. They felt too easy with their own strength and accomplishments. They thought they were okay with God because they kept rituals.
He is worthy of our praise. We know that. But is He worthy of our uncomfortableness? Our suffering? Our patience? Our sacrifice? What’s our life say in reflection of those things? What do our words say; our we complaining?
My prayer is that my life will reflect His worthiness. I know there’s a lot of room for improvements. Pray for me. I would be happy to pray for you, too. Please send me a message if you would like me to do so, or if you want to make Jesus the King of your life. I look forward to hearing from you.
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