We like to measure things in our life. We like fairness, we like justice. (Of course often that just means “good for me.”) The method by which we measure can be the topic of a different post, but now I just want to ask, over what time period do we balance?
Part of the process of growing up is the widening of our scales. When we are young, and I can see it in the boys, if something is not immediate, it is not right. I want instant satisfaction. As we grow older we (should) mature and be able to see farther down the road.
I work for two weeks, then I get paid. For two weeks, I am working without any reward. I do not mind that. I know that at the end of the two weeks, I will be well rewarded for my work. That is a two week width in my scales.
How much wider can we make them? Here is a simple image that came to my mind to help communicate this idea. Of course, it does not come close to really showing it, but it should give you and idea.
Your life is a blip on the radar of time, nothing in relationship to eternity. I am not a physicist, but I think a lever with an infinite length could provide quite a bit of force. However, that is not how we usually see it. We only look at one side of the scales. We are only concerned with now. Maturity is the ability to widen our perspective.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:28-29 (NKJV)
How valuable is being conformed to the image of Christ? What amount of sacrifice is that worth?