Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (Romans 8:18 NLT)
There is a price for being identified with Jesus. Along with being “heirs of God’s glory,” Paul also mentions the suffering that Christians must face. What kinds of suffering are we to endure? For first-century believers, there was economic and social persecution, and some even faced death. We, too, must pay a price for following Jesus. In many parts of today’s world, Christians face pressures just as severe as those faced by Christ’s first followers. Even in countries where Christianity is tolerated or encouraged, Christians must not become complacent. To live as Jesus did—serving others, giving up one’s rights, resisting pressures to conform to the world—always exacts a price. Nothing we suffer, however, can compare to the great price that Jesus paid to save us. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Salvation is priceless. Just like Paul is saying anything worthwhile, there is a price to pay. Think of your daily tasks, it takes hard work and determination to achieve. Just like Christians stand out from the rest, if you want to achieve these days, you have to stand out from the rest. You have to go that extra mile, make that extra call, whatever is necessary. The Bible teaches us the principle of seed time and harvest. So the world agrees what you put in you get out. So why not go that extra mile? The Glory and reward will be there. I have an unfair advantage I have God on my side as well.
“Lord I pray you will make me go that extra mile today. In Jesus name. Amen.”