To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Apr 2, 2019 by Brian Seewald, Discipleship Pastor


I found myself this last week sorting through some old CD’s, hoping to find a few that I could listen to in the car. I came across some old college friends of mine, All Together Separate, and put in their original release album. As I was reminiscing about so many things, I had forgotten about their last track on the album, It Will Be Worth It All. It was such a simple song, and yet, a very powerful reminder for us all:

It will be worth it all someday
It will be worth it
To go the straight and narrow way
When we finally see His face
And feel His warm embrace
It will be worth it all that day

These present troubles don't compare
To all the glory our God
He has prepared
'cause when we finally see His face
And feel His strong embrace
It will be worth it all that day

And I can see the angels
As they celebrate and call your name
And I can hear the Father
With a tear in His eye
As He says well done
My good and faithful servant
Well done

What is the “it” that is claimed in the above song that makes everything worth it all? Is it my actions? Is it my words? Is it my giving of time? Is it the giving of my resources? Is it physical pain? Is it emotional pain? Is it the heartaches? Is it the suffering? Is it the blood, sweat and tears? Is it the rejection of people? Is it the mockery? “IT” is all of this and more! Paul claims in Romans 8:18, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Paul also states in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" -- the things God has prepared for those who love him.” If we could just catch a glimpse of the joy that awaits us in His (Jesus) presence for all eternity and the joy that is found now in His presence, I think we would definitely say, “IT will be worth it all.” That is why Jesus went to a cross for us. He understood the value of God’s creation whom He loves so dearly: You and me! So, will we make every day count? Will we seek to find the very same value in others that God sees in us? Are we willing to push towards the prize and finish well so that we can hear those sweet, precious words, “Well done!” Jesus claimed on the cross, “It is finished.” He said that once and I believe He will say it one more time when He returns. Until then, the “IT” is not complete. We are all called to move forward by the power of the Holy Spirit to run the race, to love God and others well, knowing that it will be worth every sacrifice, every pain, and every tear. Lord, help us, by faith, to know that what you have in store for us is far greater than we can imagine. May that spur us on to be true disciples who make disciples in order to transform the world!

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