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Take the long view.
So often in life, we are tempted to focus on the short-term. We can exchange our long-term hard work for short-term pleasure. We give up on long-term focused diets for short-term indulgences. We sacrifice long-term integrity for short-term satisfaction.
For the early church, the strong temptation was to give up on faithfulness to Christ that might cost them their life. But this was choosing short-term ease over long-term flourishing that we receive in the Kingdom of God. In the short-term, life may be harder by choosing Christ. In the long-term, the rewards infinitely outweigh the costs.
So let us focus on the long-term and shoulder the cost of discipleship, grateful for a God who promises rewards that far outweigh the costs.