A common phrase, often used by youth to exert peer pressure, “It’s worth it,” rarely lives up to expectations. If my memory serves me right, more often than not, it wasn’t worth it. My capitulation to my friends pleas, usually led me into something that got me into trouble or just failed to live up to its hype. Too many times, I found it wasn’t worth it.
But now as I reflect on my current life frustrations and difficulties, I hear Jesus say to me, “It’s worth it,” and this time I think I believe. Jesus says, that life will be confusing, frustrating, difficult, and pretty much just crappy, but he says the future reward is worth hardships now. The experience of heaven is worth…(you fill in the blank).
“Jesus said to them…every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherity eternal life.”