Jesus Christ warned his disciples not to expect that Christianity would be all about “bread and butter.” Christianity would require anyone to compromise his or her prideful traits for the sake of pleasing God. Christianity would also require that we deny ourselves of some pleasures and endure trials so that God’s name can be praised. Jesus taught his disciples and said
“They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service” (John 16:2). Moreover, Jesus ensured his disciples that he would reward them for every sacrifice that they make for the sake of his kingdom. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know” (John 14:1-4).
Everyone who suffers for the sake of Jesus Christ would be rewarded in heaven; everyone who endures trials and persecutions for his sake will receive the imperishable crown of glory in heaven. Any tribulation that a Christian faces today would not last eternally, but it would soon end, and it would be considered as a sacrifice for the sake of the gospel. God will reward every sacrifice and compromise that someone makes for the sake of his kingdom. Therefore, it is a worthwhile effort for all Christians to endure brief pains and remain steadfast in Jesus so that they can receive prestigious rewards from God. Meanwhile, Jesus has promised not to abandon his believers during trials, he would empower them through the Holy Spirit so that they can have victory (John 16:13).
Dear Jesus Christ, please help me to remain steadfast in faith so that I can be crowned in heaven. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to be diligent and keep your testimony until the end. When the end comes, let me receive a warm welcome in heaven, and let me partake in your holy banquette. Amen.