Understand this, my Dearly Beloved, though much is required of you, it will also be your joy. Though you will sweat, stress, and struggle it will be your delight. The things I put before you, and the things I have called you to pursue, will surely satisfy you. You will acquire a taste for superior pleasures as you follow me and lose your appetite for trivial pleasures. As you work hard, give yourself, and pour out all you have, I will meet you and we will accomplish together. (1)
You are not only a servant; you are not only a soldier; you are also my children, and I have called you friends. I have made myself known to you and put my spirit within you. You are not only servants driven only by duty, but you are, and will continue to be, motivated by my never-ending, incomprehensible love.
My love will fuel your fire brighter and hotter than Duty ever could. My love will inspire and guide you to levels Duty never could. You will give of yourself holding nothing back in measures you never would if you were to allow Duty to remain your master. My love is great; my spirit is great; my love and spirit will fuel and guide you to take you further than you can comprehend. Through it all, this labor, sacrifice, and denial of yourself, your greatest joy will be awakened, activated, and strengthened within you. All this will be your joy, and your source. It will be your food and your sustenance. (2)
With all the things we will do together, through all the work that is required of you, you will learn so many valuable lessons, and will be transformed into that vessel of greatness. You will be changed and transformed into the image of my son. You will grow in knowledge and will come to know excellence. All these things will save you so much in your days ahead. So, while you feel the pain of today, remember the joy of tomorrow. (3)
Do not look to the things you see today, for they will be here today, but gone tomorrow. Look to the things that are eternal, the things that will never pass away, you will see how I have loved you by preparing you, by shaping and molding you.
All the lessons have also been prepared for you. You are on a specific course, with a specific destination, to accomplish specific goals, according to a specific plan. All these things will prove to be profitable to you, according to the specific purposes already given you. As you grow in maturity, and in the fruits of my spirit, you will learn to leverage and multiply what I have put within you, and you will see the goodness of my plans and your joy will be full. (4)
(1) Romans 15:13, James 1:2, Psalm 107:9
(2) 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Colossians 3:14
(3) 2 Timothy 2:20, 2 Peter 3:18, Psalm 30:5
(4) Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 16:9, Romans 8:28