“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; for surely there is a hereafter, and you hope will not be cut off.” -Proverbs 23:17-18
Many people don’t understand why we remain faithful and devoted to an invisible God, especially when hardships come into our lives. Many girls have asked – as have I – why…why should I have to live by some set of archaic rules while my classmates can live however they wish? Why do I have to go to church when my friends are out partying and having fun? Why do I have to wait to have sex until marriage and everyone else can do what they want when they want? Why do I have to dress modestly when yoga pants are so obviously in style and much more comfortable? The list goes on and on.
But then I got to know Jesus. And I learned about His great love for me and how He keeps welcoming me back even when I run away from Him to other idols and to this messy and corrupt world. I learned of His mercy, power and the heart He has to see His children spend eternity with Him in heaven. I felt Him cleansing my heart after I negligently sinned before Him. Yet, His gentle hands – the ones with bleeding wounds and holes from where the nails pierced His palms – continued to wipe my heart clean of all my transgressions. Once. Twice. A dozen times. A hundred. So many times, I can’t even count them. And all He ever wanted in return was my undivided heart.
You see, when you truly realize that…when you come to terms with the depths of hell that God rescued you from and how deep and unwavering His love and mercy to you are…you would do anything for Him. Not out of some sense of guilt or compensation, but because the love you have for Him runs through your veins and beats in your heart. It’s every breath you take. You are His. Nothing in this world holds value in comparison. Because we have the hope for something more – an eternity spent with our Creator in a kingdom that doesn’t age.