The Hardest Thing About Being a Christian
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? – Jeremiah 32:27 (NKJV)
When you think about it…who is God to you? Take a moment to reflect on that question.
What sounds so simplistic is actually what we spend our whole lives wrestling with. If you create a log of your current prayers, what’s concerning you, what you need/want in your life, etc. how much of it would be solved if you served a God who would supply your needs (Phil. 4:19), heal any sickness (1 Pet. 2:24), and then do exceedingly above anything else you could ask or think (Eph. 3:20)? But we do serve this God, so why do we live like we don’t?
This topic has been on my mind because honestly I’ve been fighting lately to hold onto my faith. It’s really easy to throw out all of these confessions about what God can do while you sit comfortably watching everyone else go through but recently, impossibility hit my own life. I’m all out of ideas and people to turn to, I’ve tried everything I know to do and I find myself struggling to believe that God not just can do but will do the impossible. I know I’m not the only one. Most of us, if not all, have at least one thing we really need God to move on, one thing only God can fix. And it reminded me of this verse…
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The just shall live by faith. – Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV)
Every fiber of our human intelligence wants to believe what we can physically see and control but our belief system is based on the exact opposite. As Christians, we confess our belief in God. Whether we realize it or not, because we believe He is God, we are also confessing that we believe Him as creator, provider, sustainer, protector, Lord and ultimately Savior. The challenge of Christian life however, is how difficult it is to really live like this is true. In spite of this, the Lord showed me something that changed my perspective. God knew it would be hard, impossible in fact, and didn’t leave us to our own devices as we live out this life of faith.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
I can be encouraged in the face of impossibilities because as a born again believer, I don’t have to be limited by my own faith. Read Romans 1:17 and Galatians 2:20 together. The just live by faith and that faith I’m supposed to live by is NOT my own but it’s actually the faith of the Son of God! I have the faith of Jesus working on the inside of me! When all the human faith runs out, when it looks impossible and I’m all out of options, I need to stop leaning on my own faith and tap into the faith of Jesus. It takes faith to sit in a chair and expect it to hold you, even to turn on the faucet and expect water to come out, but both of these are physical. While my faith is limited to what my mind can comprehend and my five senses can confirm, the faith of Jesus can reach beyond the visible, tangible reality and open the door for God to do what is only possible with Him (Matthew 19:26).
I’ve found that we spend most of our prayer time trying to convince ourselves that God is God. Contrary to this, it is only when we really know who we believe that we are able to come boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Unfortunately, instead of coming boldly, we come only hoping that He will take care of us and the things we’re concerned about. There is a difference between hoping God will do something and truly having faith that He will. But more so than if He will take care of you, what kind of God would He be if He didn’t?
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. – 1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV)
So really, who is God to you? A lot of things are simple as it pertains to the Gospel of Jesus Christ but just because something is simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. Ironically, the hardest thing about being a Christian is also the foundation of our faith. That thing is simply…letting God be God. Have you been leaning to your own faith and hindering God? I know I have! But now I’m ready to stop depending on myself. I need the faith that causes the dead to rise and mountains to cast themselves into the sea to be active in my life. It’s time to let God be the strong, mighty, just, righteous and holy God that we say He is. So stop stressing, worrying and wondering. From here on out we have one job, and one job only…to tap into the faith of Jesus and believe.
While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” – Mark 5:35-36 (NKJV)