One question echoed through my mind every time I encountered another spiritual attack leading up to my recent book launch. Is it worth it? Sometimes the battle comes to you. For example:
- While I spoke at a church to celebrate the release of Give Yourself a Break my four-year-old male standard poodle clung to life in an Addison’s crisis.
- I met my oncologist for the first time the morning of the evening launch of Little Women, Big God at Barnes and Noble. (My doctor thought I had ovarian cancer. Thankfully, surgery showed I didn’t.)
- The day before the release of Little Faith, Big God, my female poodle died in my arms. She had just turned seven.
- The year before the release of Little Strength, Big God, battles ranging from personal attacks to debilitating fatigue and time-consuming technical issues zapped my time and attention.
Would those losses and aggravations have happened anyway? Maybe. But I know I’m not alone in facing intense battles surrounding projects serving the Lord.
If I were working for a grade, a position, a raise, recognition, or to please someone then it wouldn’t be worth the battles and hassles. But that is not why I write and teach. When considering my question, I realized I needed to exchange one two-letter word for another to find my answer.
When I change the question of “Is it worth it?” to “Is He worth it? I have my answer.
- Is it worth it to love your enemy?
- Is it worth it to speak truth when speaking truth draws fire?
- Is it worth it to pray for your nation when you see no positive change?
Because of the sweeping changes in our culture, all who seek to walk with Jesus are in a battle of right versus wrong and truth versus lies. We no longer have to be called to the front lines. The battle has come to us.
So my question isn’t just for me. The question is for all of us. Is Jesus worth our love and sacrifice? Is Jesus worth the battles following Him will surely bring?
Has a battle caused you to question whether it’s worth it to press on? Maybe, like me, you need to consider why you do what you do. If your battles have come because you faithfully follow Jesus, then your query isn’t “Is it worth it?” but “Is He worth it?”
“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12 NASB 1995).
Little Strength, Big God
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