The great reward
2 Cor 3:18: "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit" (NIV).
As Christians, our goal in life is to be transformed to be more like Christ. To aid us, God provides the Holy Spirit, who directs us when we surrender our will and submit to His guidance. That seems pretty simple, so what stops us?
Well, the world seeks our transformation too, but into something quite different. It encourages us to be self-centered, rather than Christ-centered. It wants us to grow and develop independence from God and a unique identity through a relentless pursuit of money, power, beauty, and fame. That's exhausting!
The path to "ever-increasing glory" leads to peace if the Spirit is our guide. The path to material glory leads to emptiness in the end. Help your kids understand that principle and you may relieve them of some of the exhaustion and disappointment of chasing the wrong goals.
"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt 11:30).