Look it’s the easy life!

On March 12, 2013 by Jeremy Durdel

Matthew 10:34-39 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Jesus did not come to give christians some fantastically easy life that is full of easy roads, with no twists and turns, no construction barrels or potholes. Quite the opposite is true John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” To often people are under the impression that once saved you are saved from tribulation. Well you are not, you are saved from the wrath of God and His judgement. You are enlisted to do life with all its struggles to show the world how through Christ we can do all things. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. We go through all the same things the unbelieving world goes through to bring God glory.
After all it was Peter in 1 Peter 4:12-19 that said “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”
Now I realize that it says “rejoice” you have to understand this doesn’t mean grin and bear it. This means although the thing we are going though sucks right now we know that on the other side is growth and purity. Which allows us a greater tolerance for the trouble we face, getting us through things seemingly unaffected (or changed for the better) which is quite a bit different than how the unbeliever fairs. You can always tell a true believer from an unbeliever by the way they react to the same situations. We should, we live with eternity in our minds. We know what to expect about eternity, what Jesus has done, and where we sit with Father God.
In the opening Scripture, God wants us to understand as far as anything else in existence, He is the single most important thing. Everything else should just be treated as a blessing from Him. When He talks about picking up our cross and following Him, He is saying that we are to deny are selfish compulsions to become selfless, serving others the way He served. In Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. We are to become Living sacrifices. Problem with living sacrifices is that we tend to crawl off the alter. This is really a call to be sacrificial in selfless service towards God and others. Not to be conformed to the world which is self serving.
In closing I really want to express that the real way to serve others is to share our testimonies with them. After all our testimony is really a short story God is writing for someone else to read. Which always comes back to the reason we are still here Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Remember YOU ARE LOVED!!!

One Response to “Look it’s the easy life!”

  • I agree with your main message – being a Christian is not easy, and God did not promise that following Him would be easy. But I honestly don’t know that I could have handled this knowledge as a new Christian without giving up my faith journey or at least putting it on hold…
    Thank you God for maturing me a little bit in You before I was taught that being a Christian is actually hard work – who knows how I might have messed up otherwise!! 🙂

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