Free and with little effort
I guess I’m not really surprised that I see Christians complaining about things getting hard and wanting to quit. We’re human and tend to fall into patterns that culture establishes.
One of those being a mindset of entitlement and Low-cost high gain. We want it free and with little effort.
It’s about working less and getting more because life is not supposed to be hard and require too much out of anyone.
But we as Christians should know better.
Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior’s example is anything but one of entitlement and low-cost high gain.
If anyone could have felt entitled and required high gains at low cost, Jesus definitely would qualify.
But that’s not what we see in the gospels.
Hard work = High gains
Jesus worked hard as a carpenter and then as a shepherd of God’s people. He paid the ultimate price in order to get the ultimate prize God’s glory and our redemption.
John 15:20 (NIV) Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
Not only do we have His example but we have His words telling us that we should expect anything less. As His servants, we should be ready to follow in His footsteps all the way to the cross with open hands and willing hearts.
In what part of your life have you bought into this lie?
Are you expecting to have an effortless,
Christians should be the last ones to expect everything to be easy. Quit looking for easy.
Don’t try to make it harder than it needs to be on purpose, but expect it to get tough. And when it does trust in Jesus to get you through it.
If you feel like quitting then you need to push a little harder – go a little further.
Do the hard work and then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Get the job done, put in the hours, sacrifice some things, go the extra mile, quit looking for excuses, and do it all for God’s glory.