Life has its curve balls, especially when you least expect it. No matter how well planned you are for difficult or disastrous times, there will always be some kind of curve ball that will knock you off your feet.
I like Jarrid Wilson’s post on “8 Things Jesus Never Said“, and one of them being that Jesus never said that life will be easy and things will go according to plan. And it is very true – the Christian life is not a walk in the park, it was never meant to be one. After all, to change character and mind sets is as good as being put through fire, to burn away all the dirt and unnecessary weeds that we have accumulated.
“Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” – Acts 14:22b
“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
There are 2 simple things every Christian should remember and know, especially when they become reborn Christians and carry this throughout their lives:
- It is a life-long commitment, and we should know and understand that Satan will do anything and try everything to stop you from drawing closer to Jesus Christ and pursuing your calling. We should be ready to face obstacles, challenges, difficulties, and giants.
- Jesus promised to be with us through each and every moment. He even gave us the Holy Spirit, to encourage and renew our hope in depressing and sad times, to strengthen us when we are weak, and to have the courage when we are afraid. Jesus wants us to remember that he loves us, no matter what.
However, many Christians step into Christianity thinking that it is a life of perfection, no mistakes, no problems, no troubles, no difficult people. They even romanticise Christianity, or are given that impression when being led to Christ. Then once the “honeymoon” period of Christianity is over, they suffer and struggle, and quickly give up Christ and their calling for another high in another religion or church.
I do believe that we have to make people understand what they are committing to before making that final decision. We shouldn’t paint a false picture of Christianity, deceiving people into believing things that are not true, and then when they are saved drop them in the middle of an ocean of trouble and say, “Swim or drown.”
Do not get me wrong, many people need to hear that Christ loves them and accepts them as they are – how many of us got saved because we met Jesus and he showed us a love we had never known or experienced. It will put anyone in the clouds to be in love with your Saviour, and that is right and good. We do become better people by being with Christ, our characters change and grow, our minds expand through wisdom and we learn to love people they same way we are being loved by Christ.
However, there is always someone trying to destroy that happens, always trying to get rid of that powerful love in our lives and trying to prevent us from spreading and sharing that love. And his name is Satan. He won’t stop until you go either to heaven or turn your back on Christ. He will always point out the easy way, the quick solution, whatever befits “Me, Myself and I” without any thought as to how it is affecting others.
Christ teaches us to make choices that will lead you to life, to victory, joy and peace, success and dreams come true. However, to have those things, one needs to make the right choices, the good choices, and more often than not, it is very difficult and sometimes even seems impossible – it requires us to let go of our selfishness and laziness, to squeeze through a narrow gate so as to let go of our large prideful heads to gain a much more humbler mind and attitude.
We must never forget our biggest Hero of all: Jesus Christ. If we take the easy way, the selfish way, all we will reap is death, misery and endless suffering. However, if we are willing to stick with Christ through hardships and learn longsuffering (patience/endurance), our rewards will be greater than we could ever imagine, and some of them being eternal life with Christ, dreams being fulfilled, including joy and peace.
I honestly do not remember Satan or Buddha or Muhammed or Joseph Smith, etc. being willing to sacrifice their lives so that I could live. I do remember them taking and asking a lot from people, whereas Jesus always gives, never expecting anything back in return.
So when you get up to bat away at those curve balls, just remember that the greatest Hero in the world is wrapping his arms around you, placing his hands around yours, and helping you to swing that bat so you can be victorious over the trials and tribulations in life.
We should not give up, no matter what comes our way. We must remind ourselves daily of God’s truth and spend time in His Holy Spirit presence. Let His love flow through you and strengthen you so that you can handle the things of life with wisdom, agape love and longsuffering (patience).
May Christ be with you wherever you go, every minute of your life and help you to be wise in every situation, strong in your weak moments, patient in your suffering for God’s perfect timing, and confident in your moments of insecurity.
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” – Genesis 28:15