“No pain, no gain” is an old exercise motto I often used to hear (and use) throughout my youth and years of coaching. It is a saying that promises increased performance as a reward for hard, pain-producing effort.
What is true in athletics is also true in the life of the Christian. We have been promised pain (trial, trouble, tribulation), but on the other side of that pain is great and eternal gain.
The Promise of Pain –
It has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him. (Philippians 1:29)
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:12)
Jesus told us, “In this world you will have trouble,” but He did not stop there. He went on to say, “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). He was telling us that the Christian is to expect pain and endure it on this side of the grave.
The Purpose in Pain –
Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:17)
Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
As I like to say, “No cross . . . no glory!” We have been promised a cross to bear in the name of our Lord; on the other side of it is great gain. We share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.
What a wonderful purpose in our pain! Keeping both the promise of pain and the purpose in pain in view, we can walk by faith and not by sight, knowing that along the way to our Celestial City, the pain we endure for the cause of the Kingdom will return to us glorious gain.
NO PAIN . . . NO GAIN!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!