Do you remember those three little pigs? You know, one of them built a house out of sticks, one built a house out of straw, and the other built his house of bricks. The first 2 pigs made fun of the other pig because of the hours he worked, the pain and sweat it took to lay the bricks, and him missing out on their fun.
But do you recall what happened when the big, bad wolf came around? The straw house got blown over, the house of sticks was gone in seconds but the brick house stood strong and firm against the powerful, angry wolf.
If you do what is easy then your life will become difficult. If you do what is difficult then your life will become easy. Either you pay now or you pay later, but just remember—everyone pays. Those little pigs still needed a home to live in so they either had to rebuild their straw and stick houses or redo it the right way with bricks.
Jesus said this in Matthew 7, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”
You can tell what your life is made of when the wind starts blowing and a big bad wolf comes around trying to knock your life over. When you’re under pressure, what’s coming out of you? Is it anger, bitterness, cursing, and sin? Or when the pressure comes are you reaping the benefits of walking closely with God, being faithful to your spouse, and having a good work ethic?
You will either pay now in discipline and hard work or you will pay later. The choice is yours.
“If we are faithful to God in little things, we shall gain experience and strength that will be helpful to us in the more serious trials of life.” – Hudson Taylor