I was reading through one of my old journals and came across an entry that I'd like to share, if only to remind myself of the message.
I've transcribed a condensed and modified version below. The original was written on March 16, 2011.
I was reading from Beth Moore's A Heart Like His, a study on the life of David. This passage stood out to me: "God is looking for qualities that remind Him of His Son, the object of His most supreme affections. These qualities are developed in us at no small cost, just as they were in the life of David; but the pleasure of God is profoundly, indescribably worth it!" (166).
These qualities--humility, accountability, worshipfulness, dedication, justice, kindness, restoration, protectiveness, to name a few--come by walking with the Holy Spirit.
I don't know what the cost will be...to have these attributes in my life. But I think of God looking at me, pleasure in His eyes and heart, because I remind Him of Jesus...and that seems so valuable. To stand before Him at the dawn of eternity and hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" is indeed worth every discomfort, every sacrifice, every inconvenience, every pain, every trial.
I ask for the grace to be humbly obedient, just like my Rescuer was.