Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you—and both because of God. There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You’re involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter. Philippians 1:27-30 (MSG)
During my lifetime, I have not really experienced the true suffering of living in Christ. I can say that I have had some rough times in life but, when I really think about it, I have been blessed even in the rough times.
In America, as Christians, we believe that we have salvation when we ask God to forgive us and believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. I agree with this, but I do wonder when we say that we accept if we are really willing to live with all of our heart, mind, and soul in this belief. When the tough things come our way, we seem to fall apart with everything you can imagine. It is almost like we think that when we accept God everything will be perfect and all things will go right.
Have you accepted God’s free gift, Jesus Christ? Is your life a living Hell? Are you sticking with God or giving up?
The best Christian I know was nailed to a cross and died for all of humanity! If you want your faith/relationship with God to grow, get up and seek Him! Ask Him to break you down and use all of you for Him! When you do this, trust Him, shut your eyes, lift your hands up in the air, and scream!!Do You Really Believe? Questions, Share, Email, Facebook