Today it is cold and wet. The wind chill is quite significant, which makes wandering around in the rain very unpleasant. Because it is Saturday, I had some outside chores to do. These are uninviting generally and even more so on a day like today. I may not want to deal with these but I cannot ignore our pet rabbit without being irresponsible. Consequently, I went outside into the cold and rain and wind to do my outdoor chores.
While I was outside being very cold and wet, a thought came to me about the similarity between doing my chores in the cold and living the Christian life. Let me explain. I can put up with doing these outdoor chores that must be done, even though it is cold and wet, because I know that when I am done I will go inside and get warmed up under a nice hot shower. The cold and wet is not something I must live with forever. The promise of a hot shower after it is done is sufficient to keep me from simply ignoring my responsibilities.
The Christian life is similar in a way. Being a Christian can be hard work. It can involve hardship and pain. We must choose to discipline ourselves to live lives that honour Jesus, even though this discipline means doing things that are difficult or unpleasant. What is there to keep Christians from giving up the fight? We know that this life is not forever. There is a glory yet to be revealed that will far surpass anything which we experience now. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Cor 4:17). Consequently, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we can be sure that the hard work of disciplining ourselves to grow in our faith is never without a reward. So keep going and don’t give up.