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Give in…Give up??

Posted in Reflections, Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 by richardjkchee

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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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