Your Joy Will Come
Jesus tells us to take up our cross daily. One way we do that is by renouncing a life obsessed with immediate outcomes. When Jesus "took up his cross" he knew what His Father wanted him to do. God had made His will very clear, and Jesus, faced with that will, made a decision. He would respond obediently. And trust God for a great joy to come.
When Jesus carried his cross he wasn't obsessed with what others thought. And he wasn't worried about explaining to everybody exactly what he was doing. He wasn't worried that some of his friends were backing off, or that he "appeared" the loser. Everything would be clear later. When Jesus carried his cross and said "yes" to walking a painful way, he was looking down the road at a picture of great joy. He was looking at a picture of Him sitting at God's right hand, a picture of Him having made a way for you to sit there with him.
If you suffer now, keep the faith and do God's will. Great joy will come to you.
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2 NIV
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms... Ephesians 2:6 NLT
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