Sunday, June 4, 2017

Warning : Being a Christian comes with a high price tag


Once upon a time my perception of what it meant to be a Christian was so off the rails. I used to think that once Jesus became the landlord of your house everything would automatically change into being beautiful and rosy. The sermons I would bombard my brains with was on how Jesus could deliver you from demons, could bless you with a husband and kids, could favor you into receiving that promotion you so much yearned for, could heal you from any sickness, could fix your finances,... I even thought Jesus could bring out his magic stick and magically bring my not saved ex boyfriend back into my life, change us both and give me that happily ever after romantic story I longed for! (told you I was so off the rails). Don't get me wrong if that is God's will for your life He can do just about anything but there's so much more to being a Christian than those things I've mentioned above. Before my conversion it was all about Jesus being my rescuer and the provider to my selfish needs but shortly after being saved I came to realize that being regenerated and wanting to be authentic in my walk with Christ came with a high price tag.


I've come up with a list of Christian life facts down below. The be-attitudes Jesus spoke about in Matthew 5 were not written for our entertainment but as a solace. As I can personally testify life as a Christian is unfortunately not everyday beautiful and rosy. Having Jesus by your side has its countless benefits but you've been warned it does come with a high price tag. Jesus said in Luke 14:28 no-one can build a tower without taking some time to do a proper estimation of its cost and see if they have enough money to complete the construction. Are you ready to loose all you've ever worked hard for to gain Jesus and eternal life? Will you say yes when the Lord calls you upon the waters? Allow the Lord's Spirit lead you to the great unknown where your feet may fail?

1.The genuineness of your faith will be tested: A faith that has been refined becomes more precious than gold because it lasts so therefore my dear beloved your faith and perseverance will be (read will and not might) tested. The book of Job clearly states that Job was a blameless and upright man who made sure he stayed away from all evil doing. Nevertheless God allowed the enemy to destroy, steal and even kill what rightfully belonged to Job. Keep that in mind when questions such as "why does God allow suffering?" start popping out of nowhere! Despite the fact that Job lost everything, suffered greatly, and had doubts about God, he remained faithful. In the end, God blessed him thrice with what he had lost and justified him. Never forget God always has better in store for his children it's just a matter of time, patience, endurance, perseverance and placing your faith in He who called you. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.                            

2.Your desires will not always be catered to: I've had and believe will have a few more pieces of my own share of unanswered and delayed requests. As time passed by and some of my prayers were left unanswered I came to realize just about how some of those requests were filled with selfish ambitions and needs. Forgetting altogether to focus on seeking my Lord's Kingdom and His righteousness wholeheartedly. We live in a me, myself and I society it's actually absurd how some of us are filled with so many selfish ambitions and selfish needs . God is not a genie I wish every Christian could once and for all get that. We sometimes seek Him or pray without ceasing for a period of time only because we're in need of a miracle and when that I want it now miracle doesn't happen some sadly forget about God altogether. Why are you so desperate to get married before God's perfect timing? Why do you desperately need to get that specific job? Is it to glorify God or to fulfill your own personal ambitions? James 4:2-3 You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can't get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don't get it because your motives are all wrong- you want only what will give you pleasure.

3.Your heart needs cleansing: 2 Corinthians 3:18 declares that all those who've had the veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord and that His Holy Spirit makes us like Him each day. Before I got saved I used to think that (apart for my sins)  I was an "okay" person. Already back then I couldn't stand injustice and would go out of my way to help someone but today oh boy I find myself at times literally boiling my eyes out because of the way I conducted myself during a certain situation. The human heart is so wicked and filled with flaws. The Holy Spirit clearly makes you see your flaws and what work still needs to be done within.

4.You will experience loneliness and rejection: Someone once said I quote "anointing that never made you get rejected will never get you accepted". It comes as second nature for the most of us to want to belong, feel part of something and be accepted by others. But like I said in an previous article click here to read it, you can't both please God and people. Moses spent 40 years away from Egypt before returning with a mission, Joseph got separated from his beloved father for about 17 years when sold by his own brothers as a slave and Jeremiah well have you ever read his lamentations? I've asked myself this question a numerous of times before "God why do you want me alone?" especially on those days when the loneliness was killing me. God has his very own way of working and preparing one for his calling and uses this time He sets us apart to mold and prepare us for greater things. You can't really hear or discern God's voice when being crowded.

5.Religious people will think that your overdoing it: You will meet a couple of Pharisees who just like before Aposte Paul's conversion will persecute you. I've had people tell me how I'm overdoing it how I shouldn't forget that I'm still in the world when my bible clearly tells me that I'm in the world but not of the world and how in Romans 12:2 I shouldn't conform to the pattern of this world. I was one of those who would stress out about what others would say or think about me and this mental state is in no shape or form good for one's well being. Worry about what God thinks of you and not about what people may think or say. Focus on winning the race and not on getting people's approval.

6.Your flesh will become your nr 1 enemy. It seems as if today the only sin Christians know of is sexual immoralities. Let me put it out here yes fornication is a sin, masturbation is a sin, adultery is a sin but there's no such thing as small nor big sin in God's sight. For me personally it was an easier task to treat my flesh harshly concerning fornication but so much harder to control myself when someone ticked me off.

7.You won't get things right from the get go: Like I mentioned being a Christian doesn't make you perfect it's actually quite the opposite. You become more aware of your imperfections and believe me mistakes will be made. It's a learning process so don't beat yourself about not getting everything right from the get go. You may fall but the Lord's love and grace will be there to lift you right back up. Lean on Christ the one who can strengthen you when you get weak.

8.You must renounce to self everyday and take up your cross: Matthew 16:24 The world brainwashes us to think and behave in a manner that's so contrary to the will of God. This way of thinking or behaving once you enter God's kingdom need to change this is what we call taking up our cross and renouncing to self. When renouncing to self you put the will and purposes of God above your own and dying. How can you know the will of God? We discover God's will for our lives as we search, study, and obey God's word.

Becoming a Christian is by far the best decision I've ever made and I would by no means have it any other way. It's a life of peace and joy that is if we walk in harmony with our Almighty Father. Be willing to entrust yourself to God's plan for your life and you won't regret it. It costs to be a disciple, but it is also true that it costs a lot more not to be!

Sealed with love,
T.H.O.A.W.W.P.

2 comments:

  1. Awesome post! 👏 The Christian life does come with a very high price tag. Like they say, Salvation is free but Discipleship will cost you EVERYTHING. However, like you said at the end, it is still the number 1 best decision anyone will ever make. The HIGH price does benefits us at the end - ETERNAL life, we get to see God. Amazeballs😃 God bless you abundantly darling. More grace, wisdom and strength in Jesus name. Amen

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  2. Literally it has cost me MUCH MORE than I ever bargained for! Nevertheless it's ALL worth it!!! To see our Father face to face, to spend our ETERNITY in His presence that should keep us motivated and give us the strength we need to endure till the end of be crowned. God bless you too beautiful.

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