Whenever being asked to commit to a tough job or task, the questions we might ask are: Do I want to commit to such a task? What will I get out of it?
But what makes someone want to go the hard yards for something? I think it depends on who is asking and what is the cause.
In Matthew 10, we see Jesus commissions the 12 disciples to be sent out and proclaim the good news. Sounds like a joy and privilege to do so. However, these disciples will endure suffering and hardship during this task. Though the disciples will suffer as they proclaim, regardless Jesus promises that he will be with them as they do this. That what they suffer for will not be in vain and they have the hope of eternal life.
Jesus calls his disciples and us today to be his witnesses. As witnesses we testify to what we have seen, heard, and read. We may be rejected, hated, and cursed. However, being sent for Jesus, sharing the word, and inviting people to church (or online church I should say) is worth it! Why?
Who is asking you to do such a task? Our Lord Jesus Christ.
What is the cause? To save as many people as we can. To share the good news and bring people to God.
Our Lord Jesus loves us so much, that he denied himself, to bring us to God. Are we willing to deny ourselves to share the good news?
When Jesus denied himself, it wasn’t for nothing.
When we deny ourselves, it won’t be for nothing either.
“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:38-39.