Trudging through life day to day makes it easy to forget real reality sometimes.
Do you ever stop to think about how this life is only temporary?
No, I don’t mean for you to simply give this a passing thought – have you really meditated on it?
Think about it …
If you’re following Jesus then all life’s troubles, all sorrows, all feelings of desperation, all the abuse, injustice, and bad situations you’ve experienced – every single time you’ve been made fun of, every time you’ve experienced pain; whether physically, mentally, or emotionally – everything distasteful, ugly, and vile that’s ever been in your life and will ever be in your life – every hurt, hangup, or horrible happening – every single negative no matter how big or how small – all, and I mean, all these things are temporary.
They’re not even a drop in the bucket for a disciple of Jesus. They’re not even a blink, because we know they won’t last. We know they aren’t rooted in power, and understand their end is destruction.
We understand real reality, and the real reality is that our eternity is secure because of what Jesus has done.
That’s why the apostle Paul could be beaten up, torn down, thrown out, or cast in – yet continue on. That’s why the Twelve went to their deaths telling people about Jesus, while others gave up house and home for Him only to be tracked down like dogs by Roman soldiers. That’s why early disciples of Jesus could have their skin filleted off while praying blessings upon their torturers, and why so many died in Roman arenas.
Were they afraid? You bet they were, but despite their fear they stood up for their belief in Jesus as the Son of God.
They understood that pain is only temporary, and the only thing on this side of heaven that really matters is Jesus – not just for the person following Him, but for everyone.
Be encouraged! Your pain is temporary, but Jesus Christ is eternal!
Regardless of your circumstance, meditate on this and come to understand real reality.
That is the key to joy in this life!