Bear with us as we are facing technical difficulties…
As I write this, I’m facing technical difficulties. Building this website, Desires of the Heart, was harder than I thought it would be, as I have no background in technology, graphic design, or website development. And once again, those challenges have left me dumbfounded on how to fix them.
So many times I want to just give up. If nothing goes smoothly, that’s a sign that it isn’t meant to be, right?
On the contrary… God is using this blog to grow my faith and that of my readers. Maybe it’s really important to furthering the gospel, and the devil is trying to mess it up and derail it anyway he can. For me, that often means computer or internet issues as I am trying to write a blog post. The best things in life are not earned easily… except the free gift of salvation!
In my everyday life, things aren’t smooth either. I’m always picking the longest line at the store, getting thrown under the bus at work after trying so hard to help someone, and my car apparently has a “please cut me off” sign. I also have knee and hip pain that usually afflict the elderly, and some days it’s hard to manage.
We all know the saying, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The tough keep moving forward. There’s another obstacle? Not surprising, really. Instead of letting themselves get overwhelmed by the challenge, they hunker down to solve it. They pray for guidance, and seek wisdom. And sometimes they have to humble themselves and ask for help, like I did today.
What if Jesus had given up?
Think about what would have happened if Jesus had given up when the going got tough. The very beginning of His life was tough; His mom gave birth to him in a stable, his parents were dirt poor, and they had to flee to Egypt to get away from Herod. Growing up, no sibling is fond of the “perfect” child. So his brothers and sisters probably resented him. How could they live up to the standard He set? They couldn’t.
Later, Jesus started His ministry with few supporters and no monetary backing. Imagine a modern politician trying that! Impossible. But Jesus did, despite the odds. Despite the fact the the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day, sought to kill him. The truth that He spoke convicted them, yet they thought they were righteous because of their deeds. They did not want Him changing things and drawing people away from giving them so much attention. Their hearts were dark; full of greed and self-importance. Jesus was full of light, humility, and forgiveness.
Even as Jesus was wrongly accused and sold to the authorities by a friend, He kept going. Even as He wept tears and sweated blood over what was to come, He pressed forward. His purpose was to fulfill the word of the Father. His ultimate sacrifice and resurrection are why we have hope and a future. He faced the most brutal death possible at the time, and yet He loved those who persecuted Him.
He Rose Victorious
He never gave up because He had to fulfill the reason He came. He had to show His and the Father’s love to the world, and open the way for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
It cost Him everything, yet He did it willingly, without complaint.
Honestly, I have a long way to go to being that way. To give and press on, without complaining. To look at the bigger picture and not be so overwhelmed by the seeming impossibilities. If Jesus has given you a job to do, don’t give up on it…
Because He never gave up on you.
Love in Christ,