Saturday, January 28, 2017
Christian Playground vs Battleground
Yet some have believed what I would describe as a watered-down version of the gospel.
A gospel that promises forgiveness but rarely mentions the need to repent of your sin.
A gospel that promises peace but never warns of persecution.
A gospel that says God wants you to be healthy and wealthy and never have any problems to speak of.
A gospel that says you will so find the favor of God that a parking space always will be available for you.
But that is not the gospel of the New Testament.
The Christian life is not a playground, but a battleground. Not only is there a God who loves you and has a plan for your life, but there is also a devil who hates you and opposes God's plan.
I am not suggesting that once you become a Christian, you will be sick, poor, and miserable. But the essence of the Christian life is knowing and walking with God. It is about sticking with Him when the sky is blue and also when it is filled with clouds. It is about pressing on. Jesus made it clear that storms will enter every life. But as we seek to know and follow Christ, we will find happiness as a fringe benefitYou therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
~2 Timothy 2:3~