Scripture does condemn selfishness and preoccupation with our own comfort and pleasure (Matt. 6:24-34; 1 Cor. 6:13; Phil. 3:19; 1 Tim. 5:6; James 5:5). It demands self-sacrifice, even enduring hardship (Matt. 24:13; Mark 10:29-30; 2 Tim 2:3; 4:5; Heb. 12:7; James 1:12; 1 Peter 2:19), and persecution (Matt. 5:10-12, 44; 10
:23; 13:21; John 15:20; Rom. 8:35; 12:14; 1 Cor. 4:12; 2 Cor. 12:10; 2 Thess. 1:4; 2 Tim. 3:12). But some of the passages that describe most graphically the rigors and difficulties of the Christians life also emphasize its rewards. [Frame notes Matthew 5:10-12; James 1:12; Mark 10:29-30; 2 Corinthians 12:10.] Evidently, then, the biblical principle is that the pleasures of serving God are not primarily short-term, but long term, though of course God gives us many short-term blessings as well. Note the ‘little while’ by which Peter describes the length of our hardship: [here Frame cites 1 Peter 3:1-9]. Compare with this Paul’s reference to his ‘slight momentary affliction’ that is ‘preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison’ (2 Cor. 4:17; cf. Rom. 8:18-25, 35-39). Although our suffering in the present may seem sometimes to outweigh the blessing of God, in eternity those troubles will seem tiny. And through God’s Word we are able to view the present time in the light of eternity, recognizing the true proportions of things. In that light, those like Paul are able to say, even in the midst of terrible suffering [see 2 Cor. 11:24-33], that it is light and momentary.
John Frame, Doctrine of the Christian Life, 306.