But now you have been set free from sin and are the slaves of God. Your gain is a life fully dedicated to him, and the result is eternal life. Romans 6:22 (GNT)
Being slave is generally a curse, but being slave of God is a blessing, a gain.
When it is hard, when we are looking for reasons to keep fighting, not just to keep going to church services or have quiet times in the morning, but to be fully dedicated to God, we need to remember that it is our gain.
Living for Jesus, dying for His name, denying ourselves, carrying our crosses, all of these are our gain.
The Holy Spirit through Paul said it this way: “For you have been given the privilege of serving Christ, not only by believing in Him, but also by suffering for Him.” Philippians 1:29 (GNT)
We are unworthy of suffering for Christ. Our best gift, our greatest efforts in His are a privilege. He grants us to serve Him, to be devoted to Him. And He paid for this privilege on the cross.
So next time you struggle with serving in His name, remember: it is a gain.