But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.
- Hebrews 11:35b-39
The Christian life is not always easy.
The Christian life is not always pleasant.
Sometimes, to follow Jesus, you have to go through hard times.
The author of Hebrews reminds us of this point in the passage above.
There are those who have followed God, and have suffered.
There are those who have been led by the Holy Spirit, and have experienced pain.
There are those who obeyed God’s will, and it resulted in their death.
Yet, the author writes, that these people where “too good for this world”.
I wonder if the same will one day be said about any of us.
I wonder, if God was leading us in the same direction…
…would we be willing to face hard times?
…would we be willing to go through struggles?
…would we be willing to give up our lives?
So many Christians spend their time worrying about life on this earth.
Focusing on building up their material treasures here in this life.
Doing whatever we can to avoid hardship in our lives.
But God wants us to have a different perspective.
God wants us to look beyond what this world can offer us.
God wants us to look towards eternal life in Perfection with Him.
And, when we are focused on that, we will be able to face any trial.
We will be able to overcome any struggle.
We will be able to stand firm in any storm.
We will be able to persevere through any persecution.
Because we are too good for this world, and one day we will be in a place that is good enough for us:
Eternal life in heaven.
Until I earn a good reputation because of my faith,