No Regrets

The Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. —Matthew 16:27

Read:1 Peter 4:12-19

A little girl who needed surgery was terrified. As an encouragement, her parents promised to give her something she had wanted for a long time—a kitten. The operation went well, but as the anesthesia was wearing off the youngster was heard mumbling to herself, “This sure is a lousy way to get a cat!”

Christians who endure hardship in serving the Lord will never feel that way when they look back on their trials. It’s true that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). He also assured them that when He returns to earth, “He will reward each according to his works” (v.27).

Paul said our suffering for Christ isn’t worthy “to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). And Peter told us, “Rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:13).

Believers who endure hardship for Christ count it a privilege to be identified with their Savior. Suffering for Him brings a sure reward—with no regrets.

Richard De Haan

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Rusthoi
© Renewal 1969, Singspiration, Inc.

Serving the Lord is an investment with eternal dividends.

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