The Promise of the Cross: No Pain, No Gain

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

If God is for us, who can be against us? Will he who gave us his own son to save us not provide everything we need?

These are great promises, but we must stop and consider the flip side. He who did not spare his own son the cross won’t spare us from all the trial, tribulation, pain and sorrow of this life, either. But none of these things can destroy our eternal soul and separate us from him. If we take up our cross and follow him, we will also be raised victorious with him, and receive an inheritance from our adoptive Father in Christ’s kingdom.

That is, if we don’t grow weary and quit and give up. Whatever we do, we must not stop, we must not give up the fight. Keep on pursing the heart of the God who has already caught us–meaning to reflect the image of his son within our hearts. Let us take courage. No matter what happens in this life, we are his. Let us become more like him each day, through every battle, through every sorrow. Let’s pick ourselves up when we stumble and fall and get going again.

Lord, strengthen us in our hearts today. Give us courage and boldness, let us not be afraid or ashamed. I pray we would trust you, even in hard times, even when our bodies, minds, or hearts and spirits ache. Grant us faith that knows you will be there for us and give us a lasting name and inheritance in your kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.