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Why is becoming like Jesus such a struggle?
Thank you for your very honest question about following Jesus and your struggles.
I believe everyone who has been walking with the Lord Jesus for some time might also have asked this very same question. Jesus said that his burden was light (Matthew 11:30) and yet we can feel the great weight of all the difficulties of life being on our shoulders. It can feel that Jesus has left us when we are at our most vulnerable.
Christianity always leads to improvement of self, the family and consequently society and nations. However, such improvement, can breed a great lie. It is the lie that says:
A blessed follower of Jesus will have a safe, peaceful and free from trouble, prosperous life. They will do good, look good, smell good, and be the poster child of smiling happiness and order.
However, the Scriptures show Jesus and God the Father calling people to live a life of well accounted risk in following Him and in the so doing, He not only never guarantees our safety, comfort or respectability, but also calls us to a life of high expenditure.
Following Jesus in his instruction of the great commission (Matthew 28:16-20) to go into all the world and preach the Gospel and to battle between the forces of light and darkness both outside and within, will cost you everything.
Although God always gives us a day of rest, you will get tired and at times exhausted. Although God gives us victory and in Him we are more than conquerors, we find this to be true only in the experience of spiritual conflict and battle. Such fighting is tiring, wounding and often debilitating.
God is the great provider but often times He provides through our labour, our ‘overtime’ hours, the sale of our goods, and the emptying of our savings. The fruit of the Spirit may be love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, (Galatians 5:22-23) but such a cluster of richness is only ever grown under the carried cross of Christ, that us, under the sacrifice of self for the greater glory of God.
Christ has died for our sin and all those who trust in Him have ceased to labour in all religious works of self-justifying righteousness. We Christians no longer bear this heavy and rough yoke of religion. We do however, this side of our great rest in heaven, in the presence of both sin within ourselves and sin around us in the world, bear the tough burden of the obedience of sons, prospering with blood and tears the Kingdom of God and labouring in birth pains and until Christ is formed in us and in others.
In summary then, I might suggest to you that such struggling and tiredness means that you are probably on the right path! So, take heart and keep on keeping on! You are not in heaven yet and the race has yet to be completed. The struggles continue, so finish well!
- My little children, for whom I labour in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you. (Galatians 4:19-20)
- For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. (Hebrews 12:3-5)
- And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4)
Also, here are some further Bible References for your consideration
- Matthew 11:28-30
- 2 Corinthians 6:3-10
- Ephesians 6:10-20
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