Whatever It Takes

It was relentless! Although we had been climbing for hours it seemed like we were getting no closer to the top. We were on our honeymoon and had been hiking up a mountainside in Nepal for two solid days.
Although our surroundings were breathtaking, we had no breath left to take it all in as our focus was on scaling the next step ahead of us. We knew that we may not have an opportunity to come back to Nepal for a long time, so we resolved to do whatever it took to get to the top. In the end, we finally scaled the peak to take in one of the most amazing views we had ever seen!
Paul was facing a mountain of a different kind. Fierce opposition was mounting up against him everywhere he went. He had endured many vicious beatings, was in and out of prison and was rejected by his own people.
However Paul was not one to easily give up, and was dedicated to scaling this mountain no matter the cost because he knew the future reward would far outweigh the temporary hardship:
‘Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later’ – Romans 8:18 (NLT)
The unfortunate thing is that many people wrongly assume that God would never lead them through a time of suffering and therefore miss out on the rewards found on the other side of a season of endurance. Paul however, knew that following the Holy Spirits would potentially involve all kinds of difficulty:
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me” – Acts 20:22-24 (NIV)
Paul understood that nothing was worth more than finishing the race God had called him to, and that no amount of hardship would stop him.
Never miss out on the adventure ahead of you by avoiding the pain and hardship associated with scaling the mountains God has called you to. As you continue to put one foot in front of the other, in the end you will have the greatest view you could ever imagine!

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