My daughter worked at a popular restaurant in Santa Barbara while attending college. After working there for some time, she gave her wise opinion.
She has learned that things can get very messy behind the scenes at even the best restaurants. It may look great on the outside, but inside where you actually live (the kitchen), things can be chaotic, inconsistent, and not as neat as advertised.
Wait a second! The story continues.
As a Christian for nearly half a century, I have heard many personal testimonies. Many recent converts, still in the radiance of their new life in Christ, say they are lost and misbehaving until they convert when everything is blue skies and sunshine. . Full stop.
Such stories are always inspiring and encouraging. But what happens after they “clash” head-on with what they call “real life”?
The testimonies I am interested in are from tried and tested mature believers who have traversed the valley of the shadow of death, or the pilgrim’s “valley of discouragement,” discovering Christ with them every step of the way. It’s from
The psalmist wrote in Psalm 23:4: God does not protect us from trials.
As for those “blue skies and sunshine” expectations, don’t be fooled. Even if the world rejects Jesus and his message, his followers should not expect to be transported to heaven on a bed of uninterrupted comfort. , so are sheep.
New converts (above) need to read more of the Bible.
“in the world you have hardships But be brave. I conquered the world ”—John 16:33
“Beloved, do not be alarmed by the great trials that are about to come upon you. for your test, as if something strange is happening to you. But continue to rejoice to the extent that you share in Christ’s suffering…”- 1 Peter 4:11-13
There is indeed genius logic in the way God designed the Christian life to prepare his children for life in His Kingdom.
To accomplish this counterintuitive process, God puts us through a refiner’s crucible to expel our spiritual impurities and bring out our true Christian character.
As 1 Peter 1:6-7 explains, “You are very glad about this. Even if it were necessary for a while now, you would suffer various trials. for the proof of your faith has become more precious than gold, and though you are tried by fire, and perish, through the revelation of Jesus Christ you will be found to bring praise and glory and honor. maybe.”
Is this process important? Would you take a plane that hasn’t been thoroughly tested in real-life situations? Testing builds confidence and creates intimacy with Jesus.
Why are you so bothered?
Have you ever tried to create a herd of cats? For creatures accustomed to following their own path, that is nearly impossible. It’s the same with Christian believers who usually insist on going alone.
But God’s vision for Christians is that they are living expressions of Jesus in their everyday lives.
The apostle Paul says in Colossians 1:26-27: Detective Novel That is Christ in you, the hope of glory. “
During his time on earth, Jesus acted in complete submission to the will of his Heavenly Father. He wants his followers to have the same attitude.
To achieve this, he transitions believers from self-reliance to trust in Christ. This is a lifelong “struggle” as it involves our free will.
This fascinating and strange mixture of divine and human complicates things, but it is the only way to prepare his saint spiritually for heavenly heights.
And all the while God respects our freedom and never forces anything on us. Genius.
how about you
For my part, I don’t want to be a sunny Christian who relies on good things, blessings, and miracles to keep me going. God is not my sugar daddy.
I want to be what Oswald Chambers called the “Iron Saint”. Whatever the world, the flesh, and the devil can throw at me, I don’t need God’s presence alone to sustain me.
I guess so?
— DC Collier is a Bible teacher, discipleship leader, and author focused on Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and internet entrepreneur, he is the author of My Origin, My Destiny, a book focused on the fundamental “value propositions” of Christianity. Click here for more information. [email protected]Here is the past column. The opinions expressed are his own.