Nothing You Give Up for Christ Will Be Lost
God recently called me to relocate to a city far from those I love. I am excited about the opportunity to serve but I also feel some grief because I have moved many times over the years, and being close to family has become more important to me. But I am confident that God is leading me to uproot - and like Abraham, to go.
When the Lord made the move clear to me, first I cheered with excitement and then I cried. Afterward, He took me to Mark 10:29-30 in which Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life.”
This Scripture reminded me that God notices all the work we do for him. It also reminded me of other passages which clearly show that those who know Christ will be rewarded in heaven for what they do on the earth. For example, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 says that our earthly works will be tested by fire, and if what we have done (or built) survives, then we will receive a heavenly reward.
Isn’t it awesome that God, who is a good master, will repay those who belong to him for works well done when they go home? He takes nothing from the Christian without multiplying restoration in a new and glorious form.
When I embrace these truths, difficulties take on eternal meaning. I am bolstered with confidence that nothing in this world can really shake me because nothing that I give up for Christ will be lost. Every sacrifice ultimately will be redeemed.
Joy! In Christ, we win. . .and the story ends very, very well.
Perhaps this knowledge is why Corrie ten Boom, the beloved author, evangelist, and concentration camp victim who traveled for over thirty years telling the world about Jesus, said that material things would never be important to her after her time in Ravensbruck. Corrie had stood at death’s door - and when she did, heaven’s priorities became illuminated.
There is an internal freedom that comes when we realize what we do here matters forever. And because it matters for forever, absolutely no earthly happening will ever be able to destroy us. Nothing will ultimately ruin us. No disappointment will keep us down—and nothing that we give up for Jesus will be lost. In light of heaven, it joys me to know that the loved ones I hug goodbye temporarily will always be with me, and that we can spend eternity catching up on the things we have missed.
In the end, we win.
What are you giving up for Jesus? You can be confident He notices. And when you work for Him, you are storing your treasures in heaven - and this can never be destroyed, according to Matthew 6:20.
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