Sometimes, life is really tough. In fact, life is almost always very tough. Lately, it’s been a bit more difficult than most days, yet these are the best times to grow closer to God. On a personal basis, I have been dealing with a multitude of issues on many levels for me, for my loved ones, and within the local church. Yet, as I think a bit about these struggles, I can’t help but turn to see what is really important in life.
Don’t get me wrong- we really are blessed. I mean, we don’t know persecution in this country. In my home, we don’t have to struggle to find food, drink, or shelter. We don’t have any major life or death issues, and if we did, we know whose we are, right? So why is it that at times I have to fight for joy, to push through discouragement, to shut out the cutting comments of a miserable curmudgeon so that I can stay encouraged? Why do I feel physically and emotionally exhausted after a full day of ministry, feeling like I have been swimming upstream against a current of the sewage of sin? I do it because my Jesus doesn’t deserve anything but the best.
You see, it’s not really about what is important in life, but who. Christ followers running the race for Jesus will receive bumps and bruises on the journey- some may even have serious injuries. In a world of 7 billion people with many headed for the depths of Hell, I must count myself forever grateful for the grace God has given to me…and my response must be “to live is Christ.”
So as I continue to do, you must do too. Fight for joy when the chips seem down. Agree to remove the feelings of self preservation and ego, and humbly accept God’s calling on your life. Press forward in trust to the God who cares for you. Cast burdens at the foot of the cross as He strengthens you. Live for Christ, live for His glory, and lift up His Kingdom. As you do this, and as I do this, God gets all the glory, a glory that will endure forever.