In August my family and I, along with two of my friends, did something crazy: we drove all the way to Wyoming to see the great total solar eclipse of 2017. We spent over 25 hours driving to see two minutes of totality.
And, you know what?
It was totally worth it.
Beforehand, I wasn’t sure if the whole trip was a good idea. After all, we spent hundreds of dollars and took off of work for a couple days, not to mention the hours and hours of driving – just to watch something that lasted a mere 130 seconds. This better not be hugely anticlimactic, I nervously thought.
Luckily, as anyone who has seen a total eclipse will tell you, it was not anticlimactic.
It was awesome.
There’s no question in my mind that it was worth everything we sacrificed to witness it.
Later, as I was thinking about the eclipse and how it was worth everything we invested to see it, this question came to mind:
Is Christ worth it?
Like, really. Is He worth it? Either He is, or He isn’t. Either a life lived for Christ is a good idea or a bad one. It’s a simple question. But it’s a serious one. The stakes are high.
For the eclipse, we invested time and money, and the payoff was completely worth it.
But what about Christ? Is He worth it?
I think He is.
Here’s one simple way to look at it: if a solar eclipse—which is something so brief and fleeting—is worth the time and money spent to see it, then how much more will an eternity with Christ be worth it for everyone who believes in Him?
Think about a rewarding time in your life, when you sacrificed time or money or effort to do or see something awesome. Even if it didn’t last very long, wasn’t the feeling of satisfaction afterward so wonderful?
Can you imagine how ridiculously glorious and rewarding it will be to enter into eternity with our Savior?
Of course, until then, let’s be real: there will be times when it doesn’t seem worth it. There will be times when sin seems irresistible and we lose sight of eternity. There will be times when life gets so hard and you get so terribly discouraged that throwing in the towel seems like a good idea.
But hang in there, my friend.
Keep looking up.
One day, it will all be so worth it.
If heaven is real, if Christ is who He claimed to be, if there is eternal life freely available to everyone who believes in Him, then you can rest assured that He is totally, 100%, without a doubt
w o r t h i t .
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you… | 1 Peter 1:3-4
(By the way, if you want to read more about our eclipse adventure, you can here.)