I have heard people saying that being a Christian is easy and sometimes I feel like telling them, “Why not you give it a shot at being a Christian?”
To many people, it may seem that since Christians have an all-powerful God by our side, life is going to be real easy because we can call for help whenever we need.
It says in Psalm 34:17 (NIV),
“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.”
Although it is true that we can call upon the Lord whenever we need Him, it does not mean that the obstacles or problems will no longer be there. I think God likes to do things in a way that we would grow from the experiences we go through. He may not always calm the storm, but He always keeps us calm through the storm.
The teachings of Jesus are mostly radical and they challenge us to be courageous, to go against the flow of this world. The world says an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but Jesus says to love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
Luke 6:32 (NIV)
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.”
Anyone can pick a fight with someone he hates, but the real challenge is to love the person. When Jesus was carrying His cross to Calvary, and then being put up on the cross, He had the power to defend Himself and get even with those who hurt Him. However, He asked God to forgive those who cursed Him. Being like Jesus is definitely no easy feat, but if we truly want to be like Him, we need to stop grudging and start forgiving. When we start to be like Jesus, others will see the difference between us and the world and we will be seen as set apart. This will intrigue people to ask about our faith and give us an opportunity to evangelize.
Luke 17:33 (NIV)
“Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.”
As great as the cost may seem to be, do not seek to save your life by violating your conscience; if you do, you will surely lose it; whereas, if you should lose your life for the sake of Christ, you shall be repaid with life everlasting. The surest way of preserving our life is to be always ready to give it up. We should not be attached to this world because we don’t belong here.
Proverbs 11:28 (NIV)
“Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”
The world says that if you have many possessions then you are successful, but God tells us that not to put our trust in riches for they will fail us. God says that He will repay each person according to what he or she has done. So instead, we should store up our treasures in heaven where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Proverbs 11:24 (NIV)
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”
God teaches us to give freely and we will receive back according to how much we have given. But if we choose to withhold, we will lose even what we have. This can be really hard for some because they have great possessions, but once we realize that giving is better than receiving, we begin to experience a joy of giving and sharing that words cannot even describe.
I hope to encourage you that although being a Christian is not some walk in the park, it is surely worth it to know Jesus because He will mold you to become a better person. All these radical teachings may seem to be illogical or unbelievable, but give it a shot and you will see how God moves in your life!
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your teachings that never fail to make me step out of my comfort zone. Without them, I would not be constantly growing and becoming a better person. Help me to be a doer of the word, and not a hearer only. I want to become more and more like You each day. Give me something to work on every day for Your glory that I may always be growing according to Your teachings. I give You all the praise. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”