Re:Verse reading–Revelation 6 (day seven)
I am a wimp. Pain-complaining, excuse-making, comfort-seeking. At least, I was until I met Jesus.
For forty years, like a marine drill instructor, the Lord has been toughening me. Training me to accept a threshold of pain that is higher than I would have ever expected of myself.
I whine and expect pity. I make MUCH of my burdens. HE calls them “temporary and light afflictions”–2 Corinthians 4:17.
I’ve come to see that He is right. My burdens ARE light compared to the dangers ahead for the ungodly. (Revelation 6) His call to holiness is hard, but ultimately a great mercy. My burdens ARE light compared to those that other Christians carry. (1 Peter 4:12). My burdens ARE light compared to the glory that will be revealed.
“Godliness is profitable. . . since it holds promise for the present life and ALSO FOR THE LIFE TO COME.”–1 Timothy 4:8
Following Christ has been harder than I expected. And better.