In our modern society full of microwaves for our homes, texting, Instagram, drive through fast food, etc. we want everything to be fast we don’t have one moment to wait for anything anymore not even God. If you were to stop in on one of the many television ministers you might be inclined to think, maybe even begin to believe we can buy our way to health, wealth, happiness, and even success instantaneously. Indeed, when you listen to our ministers today, it would appear that Jesus is the key to being set free from all that is difficult and hard about life. Although as humans we have a knack for making things harder than they have to be. There are some who seem to think, once someone accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, their problems are over and life suddenly becomes much easier. Sometimes, and to a limited degree, this may be true.
Yet, we know from experience that life, despite our confidence in our salvation, is not easy, or is it. Jesus came onto the scene leaving the only work that we need to do in terms of making our souls righteous, and giving ourselves inner peace and all the rest, is to believe upon Him – John 6:29. To trust in Jesus is to say that all of our own self-effort and religious works amount to nothing, that is unless we by faith repent of our sins and trust in the blood of Christ to cleanse us from all sin. Apart from Him, we can do nothing -John 15:5. That includes being saved and being sanctified as we grow more and more into the image of Christ. God began a good work in us, and He will be faithful to complete it. In these truths of our salvation and the completion of it there is great rest for our souls.
Although life closely resembles a battlefield far more than it does a joyride, despite the fact that Christians can have unspeakable joy at all times in the Lord. The promise of unconditional peace and joy for the believer is so remarkable because it transcends circumstances and more often than not, it is in spite of your circumstances. The reality of life as a believer is that we have an enemy, and we must stand firm against Him, putting on the full armor of God. We must remember the promises of God and believe them, we must use the Word of God as a weapon to set captives free 2 Timothy 2:26, we must take thoughts captive and bring down spiritual strongholds 2 Corinthians 10:5, and we are to be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord 1 Corinthians 15:58. Plain and simply put, life itself can be a struggle, even for a Christian it can be nothing short of hard work, but it doesn’t have to be.
Think back for a moment with me, if you will, to a time when you were a child do you recall what your main concern was then, the mortgage, car note, utilities, food, clothes, maybe it was your career, or your health. Come on, there had to be something that you felt overwhelmed about, an extra concern, I’m sure there was something. While I’m sure it was something, I am equally as sure it was none of these things. No, living life was easy; you relied on someone else to supply nearly all, if not all of your needs according to what they could provide. Just like any good parent, God provides for us in fact the bible speaks of God’s provisions in more than 160 verses in the bible. With one of the more memorable being Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” .
The curious thing is that when we make Christ the centerpiece of our own ambitions and commitments, all else in life falls into place, that is to say living life becomes easy. When we trust Him by faith and make Him our all in all, life carries a certain continuous joy and richness that is lost when we make life all about us and our temporal happiness through the passing things of this world. God has not promised to take away suffering and to give us lots of money. Much like the good parent He is, He has promised to go through the tough spots with us, and He has given us the honor of serving in His spiritual army. May we not lose sight of the fact that each day we battle the devil and temptation, and God has vested His power in us to release captives of the devil and to advance His kingdom on the earth, which is a kingdom of His reign in the hearts of mankind. Let us like good soldiers, fight the good fight of faith as we preach and live out the gospel, setting our hope completely on Christ. As we are all aware a soldiers purpose is to please the one who called him into service, which is the Lord. Compared to knowing Christ and experiencing the fellowship of His suffering, all else is secondary. Nothing is to impede our walk with Christ and service for Him.
Although, Jesus never told us it would be easy living life. In fact He said in this world we will have trouble. The promise, however, is that He has overcome this world. When we remember our calling and our inheritance in heaven, we will more adequately keep our eyes fixed upon Him Who will keep us in perfect peace no matter what difficulties come our way in life. As Isaiah 26:3 says, “The steadfast of mind you will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in you.” It is a challenge to stay the course and be steadfast, but if we can keep our minds fixed upon Christ and rest upon and in Him by faith, He will keep us in perfect peace. Without a doubt you will face difficulties living life alone, but the Christian life can be easy, one of great joy, incomprehensible peace, intimacy with our Lord, and rest for our souls. Just as long as you allow God to be the parent and fully take care of you.