“If the righteous are scarcely saved, what is to become of the ungodly and the sinner?” – 1 Pt. 4:18.
Sometimes we think that life should get easier as we grow in our faith and become mature adults.
However, there is something about walking by faith that is intrinsically difficult, no matter how long we have been doing it.
The same old doubts and fears never tire of appearing out of nowhere to trouble our spirits.
Like Jesus, we often must pray in our distress with “fervent cries and tears.” He prayed “to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” – Hebrews 5:7.
Through it all, day by day, moment by moment, we overcome by our faith. It is not easy or pain free, but in the end it bears sweet fruit.
We become like Our Savior.
We develop Our Father’s heart.
We love more deeply with greater wisdom and understanding.
We develop patience and perseverance—proven character.
We become kind and compassionate, faithful and true.
Our Father is greatly pleased when he sees his image in us. He is proud of us. He delights in us. And not just for a few moments – his pleasure is eternal. He is shaping us to enjoy his company forever.
That is why it hurts sometimes. He is pruning away every branch of our lives that doesn’t look like Jesus – all self centeredness, all childish behaviors, all traces of evil. And then he grafts in nobility, generosity, and true goodness. Almost without our noticing how, we become more and more like Jesus.
May we continually behold the glory of The Lord and be increasingly glorified with him!
~ Brad Heilhecker