“Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the LORD of hosts?” (Malachi 3:13-14 ESV)
Be honest. In your heart of hearts, in the weakness of faithlessness, have you ever uttered something to this effect?
- “It’s just not worth it.”
- “What have I gotten out of this?”
- “This is too hard.”
- “I keep sacrificing, and for what? This??”
We all have seasons like this, because we are made of dust. The blessing is that He remembers this. He knows what was used to craft us. He knows the frailty that consumes us.
Let’s turn the tables. What motivated the Savior to sacrifice Himself for us? It was love. Love, and the joy that was set before Him (that we would all one day be reunited and be one together with Him–John 17). He could very easily have said any one of those things I listed above. We fail. We fall. We faint. But it is love that was the impetus that drove Him to the cross. It is love that must spur us on as well. If it is payback, reward, ease…then we will shrink in disappointment, because this world is tainted with the sin of the fall, and we are corrupted along with it. This life is a series of imperfections.
Cultivate your love for Him, if you sense your spirit sagging, your resolve flagging. Love can motivate the human heart to otherwise unattainable heights. Read the word. Speak with Him. Get to a quiet place so you can hear His replies. Remind yourself of His greatness, His goodness, His pity, mercy, and grace.
He remembers. We need to as well.