It is good as a believer to understand that there is a cost for following Christ. It might not always be easy. There may in fact be stumbling blocks, mistakes, heartache, and misunderstanding, then you ask yourself IS it worth it? As we review some of the characters in the Bible that endured suffering, our prayer should be to allow the finished work of Christ to carry us through to completion and to finish strong the race to which we have been called.
All of the great men and women that we look up to in the Bible had weaknesses. Just look a Noah, he was afraid to build a huge boat and close the doors off to the rest of the world, but in the end he obeyed and completed his finished work as God commanded. David messed up bad. And I mean really bad. He had someone killed because of not wanting to be found out about his adulterous affair. YET God still used him and went down in history as one of the mightiest of kings during Biblical times. King Solomon known as the wisest king to ever live was King David’s son. King Solomon lost himself to his riches and his thousands of wives. The Bible records that at the end of his life, he saw all that he possessed as meaningless. You may recall, Jonah was afraid to go the save people that hated God so he ran. He ran straight into the belly of a whale … three days later he was given a second chance. Peter was a hot head and cursed a time or two in his life. He was always picking fights with people who came against Jesus. Heck, he even denied Jesus three times, and yet he too was forgiven.
This month of October, we are focusing on a few key points. We have to remember as imperfect humans, we will inevitably make mistakes while living in this life to serve our perfect God:
Secondly, Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8) There is absolutely nothing that we could have done to have earned that kind of love. We have been called out of darkness into the light. We have been given the privilege to sit at the feet of Christ … we are one with Him. . (Romans 8:29)
Thirdly, our sanctification is secure and it will be carried on to completion of every good work that was started in us until the day that Christ Jesus returns (Philippians 1:6) This means that we do not have to fear that Christ will give up on us as we continue to pursue after His heart and will for our lives.
Lastly, when we truly understand and get revelation when accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. He paid it all… His yoke is easy (Matthew 11:29-30)
When faced with a difficult situation it can be very scary to learning how to let go and let God. This is why we must train ourselves to trust God with every decision, so that He may lead us to the desires of heart as He planned right from the beginning of time.
Christ follower, do not fret when difficulty arises, but instead rejoice that these things are happening to you. Instead, be very glad … for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. (See 1 Peter 4:12-13 The Message Version)
If you are currently not a Christ follower, come and enjoy God’s promises for your life today.
To Him Be the Glory!