Do you feel that Jesus is worth the sacrifice necessary in order to follow Him as a disciple in a life of obedient faith?
“I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ...‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain....’” –Revelation 5:2, 12
The angel was loudly proclaiming that Jesus Christ is worth whatever the cost or sacrifice necessary in order to follow Him as a disciple in a life of obedient faith. That has caused me to reflect…
Is it worth it to get up on Sunday morning, go to Sunday school and church, when you were out late Saturday night, and you’re tired?
Is it worth it every morning to get up 30 minutes earlier than your schedule requires in order to pray and read your Bible when you really want to sleep to the last minute?
Is it worth it to share the Gospel with your friend, and lose the friendship?
Is it worth it to fill out your income tax statement honestly, and pay more taxes?
Is it worth it to tell the truth, when lying would get you a promotion, or a salary increase?
Is it worth it to get involved with the homeless, the hopeless, or the helpless, in Jesus’ Name and for His sake, and risk hostility and rejection?
Is it worth it to deny yourself, take up your Cross daily, and follow Christ, when no one else in your church seems to take their faith that seriously?
Is it worth it to live your life in obedience to God’s Word, surrendered to God’s will, walking in God’s way, when the entire world seems to be going in the opposite direction?
Is it worth it to live a godly life, and become a member of the minority?
Is it worth it?
This I proclaim in a loud voice, Yes! YES! YES! Why? Because Jesus is worth it!
As we draw nearer to the end of human history, the spirit of anti-Christ in the world can oppress our spirits, deeply discouraging us to the extreme point of deep despair and hopelessness. Have you felt the oppression? I have. And so I pulled out one of my favorite books of the Bible, Revelation, that was written to give Hope to the hopeless. I read it along with the first book I ever wrote, The Vision of His Glory, which was based on John’s eyewitness account of the future. One of the stories I share towards the end of the book is that of an African pastor. When his church was cut off from the rest of the world during a bloody civil war, he wrote a Christmas letter by candlelight to the leaders of his denomination, and expressed the hope in his heart: “My candle is soon to go out, but the sun is rising. And who needs a candle when you have the Son?”
Sometimes, if we’re honest, we can feel our “candle is soon to go out.” We can get discouraged to the point of despair. When that happens, we need to refocus on the Son.
One day, I will join with millions of other angels along with every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, who testify that the high price we have paid for following Jesus in a life of full surrender and obedient faith has been worth every moment! Why? Because He is worth it! Until that day, I am absolutely confident that God is working out His plan and can be trusted to complete it! (Revelation 5:13)