Glory and Grind
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
When parents see their child receive a college diploma … when an athlete wins the race … when a new business turns a profit … when treatments result in a clean bill of health — these are moments in life when we think, “It was all worthwhile.” All what? All the hard work, the pain, the long hours, the practice, the harsh treatments — whatever it took before the final result was realized.
A day is coming when every Christian will realize that it was all worthwhile. All what? The choices, the discipline, the obedience, the sacrifice, the sufferings of living in a fallen world. Life can be hard, no doubt about it. But Paul says that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory” that is to come (Romans 8:18). He also calls our temporary “afflictions” the preparation for an “exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). That which is in the future for the Christian makes everything in the present worthwhile.
If you are a Christian who sometimes grows weary, remember the glory to come. The glory makes the grind worthwhile.
Glory for the Christian is more certain than the grave.