2 Timothy 2: 11-12 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
The lives of Joseph and David teach an important lesson, be willing to pay your dues. Both men promised much at a young age but did not deliver on their potential until the age of 30. Joseph had a lofty dream at the age of 17 that he would be a ruler and David was anointed to be King when he was no more than 15 years of age. While both men ultimately got to where God had promised, it never happened overnight. They both struggled for more than 10 years to get to their promise. David had to flee the land he was supposed to rule over because Saul wanted to kill him and Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery and later imprisoned. Their example was aimed at communicating to us that before the promise is fulfilled, you will have to pay your dues.
Do not walk around thinking that the pursuit of your promise and purpose will be all nice and easy. If even Jesus, the son of God, had to pay a price, why should we believe that it will be any different for us? Your promise, purpose or dream will not come without a price. Paul made that point when he wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:11-12 when he said if you die with Him, you will also live with Him and if you suffer with Him, you will also reign with Him. The point Paul was making was that living or reigning with Christ comes at a price. The same holds true for any other promise God has made concerning your life. Within that context, you must prepare your mind to pay the price. If you don’t, the promise could take longer than it should.
Life Application: Prepare your mind to pay the dues by counting the cost. Do so by documenting all that you will need to learn, resources that you will need to expend, relationships to be formed and time needed to be given.
Prayer: Lord, guide me in all things and give me grace to endure to the very end. In Jesus’ name, amen.