Do you feel like every day of your life is a struggle? You seem to face battle after battle after battle. Often as followers of Jesus Christ, we wrestle with this. Why? Probably because we’ve bought into the lie that once we’re saved, our life will be easy and without problems. After all, we attend “church” and everyone seems to be fine, smiling as though they have not a care in the world. I mean, that’s what Jesus does for us, right?
Well, that’s not exactly what we find in God’s Word. If you read it for very long, you can’t help but to realize the fact that following Jesus will mean struggles and battles and persecution, often beyond our own abilities to cope. But Jesus faced those same struggles (Hebrews 4:15). In fact, if one looked at the life and ministry of Jesus on this earth, he would probably say they were failures. Why failures? Because Jesus’ own people rejected Him. His own family. He was persecuted, debated, called a blasphemer and eventually killed because of who He claimed to be. As He hung on the cross, only a handful of His relatives and friends watched. All the rest left Him (Matthew 26:56).
This was no surprise for Jesus. In fact, He tried to prepare His disciples for what would come – not just to Him but to them, also. Jesus warned His disciples then and His disciples throughout history that a life committed to following Him would not be an easy one (John 15:18). Listen, our life as Christ followers is going to be hard. It may even cost us our very lives. We must expect that. Whenever you stand for what is true, right and good, you will face opposition. War is being waged, and Jesus’ followers are in the middle of it.
But there is good news. God has promised to see us through our struggles and battles and persecution. He didn’t say we would not have to go through them. We will. But He did promise to provide us a way through the trials – Jesus Christ. Our God promises to ALWAYS be with us (Deuteronomy 31:6). Let us find great comfort in those truths.
My God has called me to follow Him, and I will. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).