When you have a baby, your life changes dramatically. Sleep is never the same, going to a movie is a rarity, and dinner becomes a sport. Before you have children, you wonder why someone would willingly go into that mess, but when that baby rests in your arms, all that other stuff dissolves, and it just doesn’t matter as much. The benefit far outweighs the cost.
This weekend, the readings reminded me of this type of situation. They talked about people whose lives were very difficult because they were faithful, devoted believers. Jeremiah is dumped into a well. Jesus says he has come to set father against son, daughter against mother. These aren’t easy things. We may not experience such hard obstacles, but our lives will be totally changed. We may give up the things we thought we loved, because God has called us to something more. We may have places of conflict, but the work of God in them will far outweigh the cost of the struggle. If we jump in, if our hearts are stolen by Jesus and our lives are transformed by His love and grace, then the other stuff just doesn’t matter as much.
Jeremiah 38:4-10, Luke 12:49-53