Worth the Struggle

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, October 15, 2019

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— I Corinthians 2:9 ESV

The idea of heaven is tantalizing and awe-inspiring. Yet to some people, heaven is a surreal place and a fantasy of religious people. After all, no one has ever gone to heaven in the flesh and come back to tell us what it looks like, or who is there, or where it is. The only reliable record of heaven that exists is in the Bible.

The Bible describes heaven as a place of glory without pain and suffering. It is the place where God’s glory abound. The human mind cannot conceive of the extent of that glory. Our thought is too limited to process the magnificence of heaven’s grandeur. Indeed, no eye has seen, no ear heard, nor the heart of any human imagined, what God has prepared for us. All we know is that the reward God has prepared for us is worth the struggle we go through in this world.

Do not be discouraged as you go through the vicissitudes of life. When you feel overwhelmed, look to God for strength so that your hope may be renewed. Remember, the race is not for the swift or the battle to the strong (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Stay on course with God’s divine plan for your life so you can receive your crown.

Our eternal inheritance is worth the disappointments we experience. Walking in the street of heaven and being in the presence of God is worth the sacrifice we are asked to make in our Christian journey. Just the possibility of seeing Jesus and being in the presence of Almighty God are worth any suffering we go through.

Paul said it best in Rome 8:18, “I consider that the suffering of this present time is not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Therefore, we have to be encouraged when sorrow like the sea billows roll into our lives. We have to maintain hope in the midst of despair and keep moving toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14)

Our labor for the kingdom of God is never in vain. There is a crown awaiting all those who remain faithful to the end. Our service to God in his Church is not in vain. The kindness and benevolence we express to those in need are not in vain. It is worth the struggle to go on mission trips, to feed the hungry, and visit those in prison.

Whatever you are doing for the kingdom of God is worth it. Any investment in the kingdom will yield a handsome return. The key to the believer is perseverance. We have to persevere against all the odds. We should not allow our circumstances to hinder our service to God or silence our praise.

Jesus paid a high price to redeem us from eternal damnation. His blood that was shed at Calvary is worth any inconvenience we experience. In truth, eternal life with Jesus is worth whatever we go through. No one should ever feel as if he or she is doing too much in his or her service to God. We can never give too much, or serve too much, or love too much, or forgive too much.

God gave his all by sacrificing his son for our salvation. Everything we will do pales in comparison to that amazing gift of grace. The gift of God through Jesus Christ is worth the best we have to offer, and the worst we may endure.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, touch those that are struggling in their Christian walk. Give them the strength to keep pressing forward with faith and determination.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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