“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
The path of obedience took Christ first from heaven to earth; then to the obscurity of a carpenter shop; next to the wilderness of temptation; then into a contentious public ministry; and finally to the suffering of the cross. The path of obedience is not for cowards. It involves many a death. Those who love their lives in this world will ultimately find obedience too costly. But those who look beyond the momentary “light affliction” brought on by obedience in this life, can look forward to a “far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” when it is over. Eternity will testify to the value of obedience.