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What Older Christians Want Younger Christians to Know 3- God Is Worth It

What Older Christians Want Younger Christians to Know
Day 3- God Is Worth It
Ruth P. McDonald

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5, ESV)
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15, ESV)
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17, ESV)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” (Jeremiah 31:3b)

As humans, we often cave in to the desire for immediate pleasure over delayed reward. What we can experience in the present is hard to exchange for some distant future promise, a promise we may not fully enjoy until we are at home in heaven. And let’s be real here—many sinful activities are super fun, so it can be hard to make wise decisions, especially for the less mature believer. A quick payoff now is certainly more appealing to our flesh than a promise of reward in a coming day for abstaining.

You may ask, Is God worth it? Is He really all He says He is? And if I’m saved, won’t I just go to heaven anyway, even if I don’t obey His commands and principles? The short answer to all three of these questions is yes! He is worth it. He is more than anything we could imagine. And we will go to heaven if we have been saved, regardless of whether or not we honored Him in our lives. Talk about not fair! But it’s still true. And since it’s true, why, then, would we put in the effort to live a godly life? Why is living for Him worth it?

Well, for starters, we owe God our obedience. He sent His Son to suffer unimaginably for us, giving His life in exchange for ours. Jesus died on the cross to save us, to rescue us from eternal separation from God. He endured the punishment for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to. If we allowed this truth to capture our hearts, we would never question whether living to honor Him with our lives is worth it or not. That He would love us so much that He laid down His life for us should be answer enough, but if not, I’ve got more.

Our life here on earth is short. You may be very young, yet you may only have days left. Or maybe you’ll live to be one hundred-plus. Either way, eternity began long before we breathed our first breath and continues forever and ever. Our little time here, whether minutes or a hundred years, is just a dot in a line that never ends. This matters very much because how we live our lives here impacts how we’ll spend eternity. There is rank in heaven and there is reward for our obedience in honoring God. Our reward and duties there are determined by how we spent our short lives here.

What if you set goals beyond this life? What if you invested in your eternity by choosing to serve God in loving obedience? Do you think it will be worth it when you stand before Him and He judges how well you served Him? Does it make you squirm a little today when you consider that coming day and how your service was lacking? (I feel that too!) When you’re faced with choices that are obviously counter-scriptural, remember this: You might think you’ll do better once you get older, but I’m telling you, the same pressure will follow you into your older years. You won’t be free from temptation this side of heaven. When you’re considering exchanging future reward for the fleeting pleasures this world offers, think of the loss you’ll experience in your eternal existence with Christ. Think of all He’s done for you and allow that to shape your decisions. He is always worth it; without Him we are simply without hope!

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