Give in…Give up??

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Why do all my non-Christian friends seem so happy being in their relationships, when I’m stuck being single?

Why can’t I just snap in half the coworker who always gives me attitude?

Why do I have to swallow my pride when the lecturer/tutor is being unreasonable?

Why do the rude jerks that swear and curse get all the pretty girls?

Why do the girls that wear short skirts and plaster on make-up get all the good-looking guys?

Why can’t I have the few extra drinks at my friend’s party?

Why is it SO HARD?

Whether we like to admit it or not, there comes a time in almost every Christian’s walk where a certain thought crosses our minds; the thought of GIVING IN to our worldly desires, of GIVING UP being a Christian. Sometimes it seems life would be so much easier if we just gave in and did whatever we felt like. We could get trashed at a party and not have to wake up in time for church on a Sunday morning. We could speak whatever was on our minds, and do whatever we wanted, be with whomever we wanted, not caring about anything or anyone. Life would be so much easier and more FUN we just gave up being a ‘Christian’.

It’s these exact thoughts and Satan’s lies that make a life of Sin so alluring. It’s why people reject God. It’s why so many people are lonely, depressed, guilt-ridden, angry, jealous, spiteful and hateful. It’s why nightclubs are packed with people who just want to feel loved and needed by someone. It’s why people drink and do drugs, always chasing a high, trying to fill a bottomless hole in their hearts. It’s why people idolize relationships; they don’t feel complete if they aren’t in one. It’s why people pour all their time and effort into building a career and chasing prestige. It’s why people’s life goals are fame and fortune, to amass as much money as they can, so they feel secure, so they can buy the things that make them “happy”.

It’s the reason why no matter how many times some people see/hear/read/listen to the gospel of Jesus Christ they just won’t change. It’s the work of Satan in this fallen world. It’s the sin in our human hearts and why millions of people are on their way to hell, an eternity separated from God.

As Christians sometimes we like to think that we’re somehow different, better and more deserving then everyone else, but in fact, we’re the same. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Only when we really understand this can we truly begin to appreciate the gift of grace that’s been given to us.

Being a Christian isn’t meant to be easy, it’s meant to be tough. Jesus told us to take up our crosses, and follow Him. Taking up the cross means dying to the world and to our old sinful ways: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Mark 8:34-36 (NIV)

So if you’re finding it hard, if you’re thinking about Giving in, or Giving up, then remember that you’re not alone. Take the opportunity to catch up with someone and ask them how they’re really going, and pray for each other. If you’re struggling, spare a thought and some  prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who face death and imprisonment because of their faith.

Pray that He will continue to change your heart and to open your eyes to the bigger picture, to the countless people in the world who are lost and who don’t know Jesus like we do. He’s saved you, so put your worries and burdens and struggles onto His shoulders. Trust in Him that He will provide for you everything you need in this life, whether it’s food on the table, a stable job, a husband or a wife. Pray and thank God that He has set you apart from the world, and that through His Son Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection we can look forward to an eternity with our God, the creator of the universe.

Romans 5 (NIV) 1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

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7 Responses to “Give in…Give up??”

  1. absolutely awesome

  2. it’s so amazing that God has given us true freedom through Christ that gives us a joy and peace that surpasses all the temptations and bondage that comes with this world and it’s desires. Gal 5:13 we have such an awesome God…

  3. This reminds me of BGR talk @ Supe.
    Always being content in god no matter where you are in life 🙂

  4. love ur post bro, super encouraging. keep staying strong

  5. I find this post misleading –

    It is implying that non-Christians are the only ones ‘suffering’ because they exercise restraint in life (ie, the not drinking/swearing, dress modesty, etc, as mentioned above). Worse, more offensively, it is implying that non-Christians are ALL badly behaved, have gruesome habits, and tempted by Satan.

    I can not emphasize enough that Christians are NOT the only ones that know how to behave decently and responsibly (and I say “know how”, it really should be “try” – being a good person is hard for non-Christians too you know).

    I am sure whoever posted it did not mean to imply such things, but unfortunately this is how it reads. A more precise use of language when you say these things would help and do not paint all non-Christians as drunken debauched delinquents.

    For example:

    Why do [**delete: “all my non-Christian”, **insert: “some of my”] friends seem so happy being in their relationships, when I’m stuck being single?

    and:

    Whether we like to admit it or not, there comes a time in [**delete: “almost every Christian’s”, **insert: “almost everone’s”] walk where a certain thought crosses our minds; the thought of GIVING IN to our worldly desires, of GIVING UP being [**delete: “a Christian”, **insert: “a good person”]

    Thanks for reading.

  6. Thanks for commenting!
    You are right, there are some generalisations used in the article and i’m glad you felt challenged enough to share your thoughts. Apologies if you felt offended or mislead.

    The post should have more clearly outlined that just because a person doesn’t indulge in “drunken debauchery’ doesn’t make them a good person, Christian or non-Christian, Buddhist or Hindu. Not all Christians are ‘good’, and not all non-Christians are ‘bad’, some Non Christians in the world’s eyes are ‘better’ then ‘Christians’ in many respects.

    Parts of the post have eluded to the fact that ‘most’ ‘Christians’ admit that according to God’s standards, noone is ‘good’. Only God is good. Whether thats true or not, and what that means is a matter of personal opinion.

    Thanks for sharing your very valid points.

  7. Also, we’ve finished for the year, but we start studies again in semester 1 2010. Please feel free to come along and find out more! 🙂

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