Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.C.T. Studd
I remember when I had four children under the age of eight that it was difficult to be mindful that I was in the midst of the greatest ministry work of my life.
And yet today, the one thing I relish (and miss) most is the sweet gift of those seemingly endless, exhausting days.
Today I serve as part of a worldwide Bible study. As I listen to the hardships other leaders are enduring in China, Ghana, Kazakhstan and other places, I often hear echoes of that same struggle to find joy and purpose in the daily grind.
I heard a speaker recently share a message based on his mission work in the Himalayas, and one of the questions he asked stuck like an arrow in my heart:
“Are you going to choose comfort or the cross?”David Platt, McLean Bible Church
If I’m being honest, on most days of my life I’ve chosen comfort, hands down. But God makes it clear that we can’t serve him well from the comfort of our living room couches. And conversely, one sure way to know you’re in God’s will is when life becomes difficult; when you face opposition, difficulty and persecution with the joy that only faith provides.
Where is God asking you to serve? Are you living into that call wholeheartedly or half-heartedly? Regardless of your answer today, hear this encouragement from Paul:
…My dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.1 Corinthians 15:58 (MSG)