You ever wonder why women decide to have children? Other than the obvious fact that if they didn’t the human race would cease to exist. So why do women choose to carry a child for nine months and then go through the excruciating and grueling pain of child birth? It’s because they know that what lies on the other side of their pain is worth it. Go ahead. Ask any mother out there and I’m sure they will tell you that the pain of the labor was well worth it as soon as they held what they were laboring for.
The end justifies the means. When you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you have no trouble going through it. It’s only when there is no end in sight that you begin to lose hope. You can push through the pain when you can see the purpose in it. In other words, you can’t progress through the pain if there is no purpose to it.
This is why Jesus was able to endure the cross. He was able to push past the betrayal. He was able to push past the shame. He was able to push past the abandonment. He was able to push past the pain. Because there was purpose in all of this. The author of Hebrews tells us just what that purpose was (See Hebrews 12:1-3). That purpose was you and me. Jesus was able to push through the pain because He was focused on the purpose of saving you and saving me. And I’m sure if you asked Him today, He would say it was well worth it.
Are you having trouble pushing through the pain? Look for that light at the end of the tunnel. Look for the purpose in it. Does the end justify the means? Because if it doesn’t, move on to something that does. But if it does, keep pressing on!