“Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7,8
It’s not easy. It’s really not.
It requires sacrifice. It requires saying “no” to things that many people say “yes” to. It may mean investing your time in things that other people consider silly or meaningless. It may involve turning down opportunities that the world says you should pursue. It may lead you to places you never dreamed you would go to be with people you never imagined being with.
It will change your most important relationships. For some relationships, it will strengthen them and allow them to grow deeper. There will be a blessing in this, and you will experience the joy,
love and commitment of deep friendships. However, in other relationships, it may bring strife and division. It may cause you to lose friends you never dreamed you would lose. You may feel the sting and pain of losing the companionship of those you held close to you.
It will challenge you. It will cause you to look at life in a completely different way. It will reveal the worst within you and let you see failings and sin. It will lead you to painful confession as you face what you done and who you have done it to. It will make you feel that you have so far to go and, at times, you will feel like you are making no progress at all. It can leave you very frustrated.
It will change you. As you see your failings and feel the depth of your sins, you will experience the refreshing grace of God. You will feel the freedom of forgiveness. Chains will break and fall as addictions are addressed and overcome. As you confess, you will feel the love and acceptance of those who journey with you. Instead of judgment, you will feel love and kindness like you have never experienced. Hope will flow as you realize your sins are washed away and God’s plan for your life unfolds.
A life lived as a disciple of Christ is not easy. A life lived for the glory of the Father will be difficult, at times. Yet, it’s more than worth it. The prize immeasurably outweighs the cost. The joy of the Christian life and the everlasting joy we will experience for eternity are worth the sacrifice, pain, struggle and difficulties we will experience. The victory is worth the struggle.
It’s not easy. But it’s good. It’s blessed. It’s the only way that we should live. Following Christ and bringing glory to God.