Being a Christian is not an exemption to suffering, sickness, and problem. And there are even times that we ask why in spite of serving the Lord, He allows these hardships to happen in our lives because we faithfully claim His promises of protection from harm, guidance, peace of mind, blessings, and answers to our prayers if we believe. But despite of these continuing hardships and seemingly unfulfilled promises, we still continue to serve the Lord.
While we live in this world, we cannot be without problems. There’s even a saying that only the dead are those who doesn’t have problems anymore.
What separates us from non-believers is that we face these hardships with courage and joy, knowing that everything that are happening has its reasons and controlled by God (Romans 8:28). Aside from knowing that God is in control of everything, there are other reasons why Christians continue on serving the Lord.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
The main reason why we continue in serving the Lord is our faith. This is the reason why we became Christians after all, and this is the reason why we never give up. We believe that our works are not hidden from the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58) and someday will be rewarded. We also believe in the death and resurrection of our Lord which is the essence of our faith. We do what we do and we faithfully apply His words in our lives because we believe that there is a God who is the most powerful above all things and Jesus is His son who became a sacrifice for our sins.
2. Lost Souls
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” – Acts 16:25-34
Because we are aware of the lost souls and their condemnation, we continue to serve the Lord by ‘fishing’ people and introduce them to the salvation that Jesus has given us. As children of God, we have compassion with the lost souls because we know their future which is very undesirable both to them and to God. And aside from faith which is the main factor for pleasing God (Hebrews 11:6), we are also aware of the celebration in heaven every time there is a soul saved (Luke 15:7).
As Christians, we know the importance of the role of the church in our life. This is where we get to know the Lord more deeply. This is also where we get to be with fellow believers. This is where we are refreshed from the whole week of worldly deeds. And because of this, our love for our church makes us continue in our ministry in the church, whatever your ministry is. There are no small role if you do it for the Lord. Being a church Janitor is no smaller than a church singer. You clean the church and do it whole heartedly because you love the Lord and want to serve him and you want the people to be blessed with the cleanliness and give praise to Him. If you’re a church bus driver, you love what you do because you know that you are serving the Lord by bringing the people to the church to hear His message and bringing them home safely and blessed.
4. Eternal Reward
“Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” – 1 Corinthians 3:8
In contrast to unbelievers’ condemnation, Christians are inheritors of the new earth and heir to the new heaven. And we will be rewarded according to what we did. The more we serve God, the more we will be rewarded. We believe in what the Lord has promised us (John 14:2-4). We also believe that our present sufferings cannot be compared to what we will experience in heaven (Romans 8:17-18). The reward and being with the Lord forever makes us go on in our Christian life.
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