Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's Not Supposed To Be Easy

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

It’s not supposed to be easy. 

Following Jesus doesn’t lead to a life of convenience and luxury. Is that where He ended up? Did any of His disciples? No, we’re following Him to the cross. We’re laying down our lives daily, and facing persecution. We’re being tested and questioned and making choices that others are scoffing at us for and ridiculing us for, and mocking us for because it’s not the easy choice, because it’s not the choice the rest of the world is making.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, 
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 
Romans 12:2

No, we’re not following Christ to an easy life, we’re following Him to an eternal life. Something much better than the comfort and convenience this world offers us and spends it’s time pursuing. Let me remind you that our precious time here, it doesn’t last long. We have a small window. Should it be spent setting up our perfect life here on earth? Should it be spent working towards dream houses, manicured lawns, new vehicles, vacations, dining out, working out, buying a new wardrobe, feeding our flesh? Or should it be spent preparing for our eternal life with God? I’m sure your answer is the eternal life right? Is that what your life says?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, 
and where thieves break in and steal. 
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, 
and where thieves do not break in or steal; 
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 
Matthew 6:19-20

So no, it’s not easy. But how does an unbeliever see worth in this life through us then if they see us struggle, if they see us with less? If they see us with what they perceive as burdens and discomfort in a culture of selfishness and excess? How are we perceiving our own lives? Do we complain about our houses, our cars, or not having enough money? Do we complain about our work, our bosses, our health, our children, our husbands, our bodies? Do we grumble through the day, wishing it were easier? Are we praying for Jesus to just give us a break? Asking the one who DIED ON A CROSS for us, to make it easier for us to be comfortable and enjoy this life on earth? 

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Or, are we calm in the midst of the storms? Do we have a peace that passeth understanding? Do we rejoice when we are persecuted? Are we anxious for nothing? Do we count it all joy?

"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.” 
John 16:33

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