Character never grows out of an effortless life.
When we were younger we had great dreams and desires to be great. We wanted to be the hero of the game or the adventurer on an epic journey to uncover lost secrets and wealth of ages past. As we get older the vale gets lifted in our understanding and we realize dreams take work and effort. It is easy and exciting to watch, it is quite another thing to do it.
Why do we continue to kid ourselves into thinking our decision to put our relationship with God as foremost in our life would take any less effort?
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 NIV
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 NIV
- In what areas of your life are you getting impatient that things are not going as easy as you planned?
- What negative attitudes, actions or thinking from yourself or others do you need to push back with Gods truth and promises? Where do you need to ask the Spirit of God to wake up the fighter in you?
If at times you wonder if following Jesus is really worth it, take comfort and be encouraged that God promises there is great reward for those who remain faithful to Him. It may be difficult now to see, but you and I will see it in a BIG WAY in the end!
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”” 2 Chronicles 15:7 NIV
PRAY: God thank you that you promise a reward when I don’t give up in trusting you. I know you want to develop deep character in me. Empower me to be steadfast in that fight.