A woman worked in a steel foundry during WWII. She advanced to operating a 50 ton crane. She noticed very little absenteeism in the foundry, herself as an example. In fact, she was never absent, but not because she always felt well and never poorly. Like everyone, she had off days, like a headache. She wanted to stay home, but the vision of soldiers and sailors overseas fighting, or pulling dangerous duty, kept getting her out of bed, whenever she didn’t feel like it. She found that once on the job, she felt O.K. The Homefront, 132-133. I can say the same for Judy when still working. She might have to take Tylenol to get TO the day, but nothing kept her FROM the day.
Being a Christian is often like that. We don’t always feel like serving; or always want to have faith; or always want to be “on duty”; or always want to accept tough challenges. Like Royalists returning to power under Charles II, and after Cromwell, we sometimes want an easier life than Jesus imposes. But when we think of seeking an easier way, we consider Jesus, the Author and Completer of our Faith He left Heaven with God. He lived among us. He met every need confronting him. He loved even those hating him. He forgave even those killing him. His example is what motivates us to leave our laziness and get involved with him in life. When we do, we realize that Christian discipleship is always easier than self-centered living. The very willingness to persevere in serving equips us with the energy God needed to continue.