bruised soul

10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you I Peter 5:10

I have shared about the price of obedience in my previous blogs.  Obedience to Christ means denying your flesh, your desires, your plans, your goals for God.  It may mean losing relationships because others are not willing to pay the same price for obedience. The Bible promises that there is a reward for obedience.

 29 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.” Mark 10:29-31

Though I have recently felt the pain of obedience, I have also received the rewards.  God is opening doors of opportunity in my life that I have never imagined. Even through the pain of loss there is always the reward of peace with God.  No temptation that the world has to offer can ever compare to the “peace of God that passes all understanding”. The loss of relationships has lead to new relationships and a level of influencing others for Christ that I had only dreamed about.  Trust Him, seek Him, and obey Him for His reward.

The promise is not only for reward in this life but even greater reward in our eternal life.

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1 Peter 5:4.