Hebrews 12:2-3 (NLT)
2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
To be a Christian is to live like Christ. Christ has gone before us and set us an example of how to live. Not only this but he went through everything we would, so we would have hope that it is possible to overcome our struggles.
He died on the cross because he knew the end result was going to be greater than anything he would take on while being crucified. This is how we should live our everyday lives. We need to realize that the pain we endure on Earth, the scorning we may experience for following Christ (which has become known to be breaking the social norm), will never compare to the reward we will receive in heaven.
After returning to heaven from enduring the world’s darkness, Christ was set at the right hand of God’s throne. In the scripture above, it is noted as THE “place of honor”. When we get to heaven after enduring all of the hate and mockery for following Christ, we will be given a crown and a stone with a new name written on it that only we will understand what it means (see Revelation 2:17). You and God. That’s a bond that only the Creator and creation can have.
Next time you find yourself in a difficult time or being made fun of for what you believe in, just remember what will be waiting for you if you just endure.
The author is a high school student from California.
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