Everyone can remember back as a kid getting excited about the toy in the cereal box. As a kid I would walk the cereal isle picking out which cereal was best not by taste, but by which box had the coolest toy inside.
The problem with this method was that sometimes there were extra steps that needed to be taken in order to attain the toy. Some hoops to be jumped through were buying multiple boxes and sending in the proof of purchase, and some even made you send in a few dollars with it.I can remember jumping through some of these very hoops and then waiting in anticipation to get the toy in the mail. Or even waiting until breakfast so I could tear into the bag and bring out the toy. But like most of you most of the time my reaction was, “that wasn’t worth it!” The toy was junk!
As I have grown older through the years I’ve learned to really consider, will it be worth it? You know when you ask yourself that question it really begins to put things into perspective. And when you put things into perspective, you really make better decisions in what you decide to do in your life.
I have also learned the older that I get that this world is full of dissapointment. I have also learned that who ever said that if you just give it to God everything will be so much better needs to be shot (maybe not shot, but written a strongly worded letter!). The church today has programmed us that everything with God is easy. I beg to differ. It’s not easy. It’s not simple. Jesus life was not easy, nor was his followers. Let me show you…
2 Corinthians 11:24-29 – 24Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. 27I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
Ask Paul if it was easy. Ask Paul if it was simple. I think he would say a big fat NO! And you know what? I agree with Paul. It’s not easy. Life is not always going to go my way. People get sick, people lose jobs, people let you down, and bad things happen to good people. But I bet if you asked Paul if it was worth it, he would give you a big fat ABSOLUTELY! And you know what? I agree with Paul.
I encourage you today that when the disappointments of life grab you by the ankle and try to pull you down to look at God’s Word and realize that Christ is there to be your strength. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:9 – But the Lord said to me, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” And to top that off, go back and read what Paul went through. I know it’s not that bad!
But life is hard. It isn’t fair sometimes. But I promise you this, It Is Worth It! It’s worth it all! One day I’m going to look into the face of the one who gave His life so that I could be forgiven, and I’m going to hear him say “Well done good and faithful servant. Come on in!” And in that very moment, nothing else will matter, and I will be able to say, It was worth it all!
I’m Blessed Above It ALL! And It’s Going to Be Worth It!