Being a Christian is easy.
WRONG. Fake news alert: if anyone ever tells you that being a Christian is
easy then you may want to ask this simple question – If being a Christian is easy, why do so many people die for following Christ, and why is walking with Jesus considered the narrow way by the man himself?
So, let us unpack a small part of why following Jesus is so darn challenging…
C.S. Lewis says this:
“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today
is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”
As a Christian there are no days off. Game day is every day. While it may be true that becoming a Christian is easy yet being a Christian is hard (as my former pastor and friend Dr. Thobaben used to say) this does not mean it isn’t absolutely worth it. Jesus declares that he goes to “prepare a place for you” and in virtually the same breath (or at least the same table conversation) also states “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”
This is the paradox of the Christian life – the pain, suffering, everyday choices, and challenges this world presents for those who follow Christ are worth it for the reward offered by and through Jesus. For this reason we do not call time outs. We do not ask for a substitute. It is game day every day brothers and sisters. We must know the playbook and heart of the play caller. Furthermore, we must know the coach and realize He has joined us, each one, on the playing field. Do not give even the smallest foothold over to the enemy – for you never know if that is the ground he might need to launch a truly
devastating attack on you and seek to damage the kingdom of God through you.
“Being a Christian is easy.” Nope.
But it’s worth every moment. That’s real news worth writing about.