If someone tells you the Christian life is easy and all your troubles will magically disappear if you surrender to Jesus, they’re lying.
We have peace, not perfection. We live with purpose, but not without persecution. We access truth, but often fail living it out. We get hurt, disappointed, depressed, annoyed, peeved, sad, angry, frustrated, and livid just like everyone else; and sometimes, we just want to curl up and cry.
What’s the point, then? Why do something crazy like give your life to Someone if we don’t get any perks in the here and now? In short, the “here and now” is exactly that: here and now. Not there and then. We’re all moving toward there and then (eternity), but what happens in the here and now determines the location and exaltation of the there and then.
Giving your life to Christ is amazing, but it’s only the first step. Life here isn’t just about accepting Christ; it’s about becoming LIKE Him (i.e. sanctification). The thing is we can’t become like Him without enduring experiences that stretch, strengthen and sharpen us. In other words, in order to grow we need to get pruned…which often doesn’t feel very good.
But take heart, because even in the pits of the world, God provides for us. Christ promised:
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
I John 5:4
God can be found even in the most evil and dire of circumstances. Because of Him, hardships are fading phenomena, not an everlasting bane to our existence. Christ conquered the most obliterating form of evil this world knows (death), and when we die to ourselves we can embrace the glorious “there and then” majesty awaiting His children.
Christians aren’t immune to hardship or exempt from evil. But in Christ (the One who conquered evil and reigns victoriously over the world) we experience freedom and peace in Him “here and now” as we wait eternity with Him “there and then.”
Will you align your heart and life with the God today? Will you allow your faith to grow in perseverance and keep your thoughts where they belong—with Him in eternity?