"Is it really worth it?" How many times have you asked yourself that question? That question usually comes up when it involves doing something for or to some capacity involves another person. It basically tries to foresee what may happen. Even though we cannot predict the future, at least we want to have an idea of the possible scenarios. It is similar to making an investment. You don't know for sure what the outcome will be, but you hope that it will be in your favor, so you go ahead and put your money down. But is it the same when it comes to people?
Unfortunately not anymore. When we look at the world today, it seems like there has been a drastic shift from seeing the good, to seeing the worst in people. We've become more cautious and suspicious because the world has taught us to be. With that in mind, why do something for somebody else if the reward is not even guaranteed?
Easter reminds us of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Did He wonder if it was worth it? Probably. When you think about the moment He prays in the garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, for example. "Once more Jesus went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup of suffering cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” Matthew 26:42 GNB Did He still go ahead despite that? Yes. And that is the part that matters. Now you might say: "But Jesus is not an ordinary man, He is the Son of God." True, but God could have also chosen to do things differently, but He didn't. Why? Because His motivation was not a reward or something in return, but His unconditional love for us. And that should also be our motivation at all times.
It is totally ok to wonder if a selfless act is worth the effort and time but what it eventually boils down to is: "...‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’" Acts 20:35 NIV Always keep in mind that you're not only doing good to please another person but that your good deed is also making you better in the process. It can be hard sometimes not to care about the reward but to be selfless even when faced with ingratitude and no appreciation - that requires the next level of maturity and growth. This season, remember that your good deeds will never go unnoticed, even if not appreciated by the ones on the receiving end. If Jesus could sacrifice Himself in love in the midst of so much hatred, then we should look to the cross with the knowledge that our sacrifices of love will never be in vain. Just as Jesus Christ died for us and rose again, when you encounter disappointments along the way, you will rise again as well. Happy Easter!