In 2012, God called me to relocate to a city far from those I love. I was excited about the opportunity to serve, but felt some grief because I have moved many times over the years and being close to family has become more important to me. But I was confident God was leading me to uproot and like Abraham, to go.
When the Lord made the move clear, first I cheered with excitement, and then I cried. Afterward, He took me to Mark 10:29-30 in which Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life.”
This Scripture reminded me that God notices all the work we do for him and also reminded me of other passages which clearly show that those who know Christ will be rewarded in heaven for what they do on the earth. For example, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 says that our earthly works will be tested by fire and that if what we have done (or built) survives, then we will receive a heavenly reward.
Isn’t it awesome that God, who is a good master, will pay back those who belong to him for works well done after they go home? He takes nothing from the Christian without making multiplied restoration in a new and glorious form.
When I embrace these truths, difficulties take on eternal meaning and I am bolstered about with confidence that nothing in this world can really shake me, because nothing that I give up for Christ will ever be lost. Every sacrifice will be ultimately redeemed.
Joy! In Christ, we win and the story ends very, very well.
Perhaps this knowledge is why Corrie ten Boom, the beloved author, evangelist, and concentration camp victim who traveled for over thirty years telling the world about Jesus, said that material things would never be important to her again after her time in Ravensbruck. Corrie had stood at death’s door, and when she did, heaven’s priorities became illuminated.
There is an internal freedom that comes when we realize that what we do here matters for forever, and because it matters for forever, absolutely no earthly happening will ever be able to destroy us. Nothing will ultimately ruin us. No disappointment will keep us down—and nothing that we give up for Jesus will be lost. In light of heaven, it joys me to know that the loved ones I now temporarily hug goodbye, will always be with me and we can spend eternity catching up on the things I missed.
In the end, we win.
What are you giving up for Jesus? You can be confident that He notices. And, when you work for Him, you are storing up for yourself treasure in heaven that can never be destroyed, according to Matthew 6:20.