Our Church the last few weeks have been doing an interesting sermon series about giving up things in your life to follow Christ.
I find this particularly difficult because I feel there are many things I have lost and things I would have loved to have gained in my life but God has a different plan to what we have planned.
So, yes, I admit-tingly have fallen into the trap of feeling sorry for myself for the things I have not ‘gained’. I keep falling into the same pattern of wanting and longing for the things I ‘should’ have had but because of my health, I can’t have and probably never will. I will never be able to work because I know I struggle even getting the vacuum cleaner round the whole house in one morning – I have to do the housework in sections so I can save my energy for my family and we can enjoy our time together without me feeling too tired. Rheumatoid Arthritis is not something old people just live with, many people I know struggle with this.
But there are times in life, where I do fall into the trap, and do not let God deal with this, I become bitter and wonder what a life I could have had if I did not have my health problems. I suppose, this is not healthy way of my Christian journey and walk with God.
I think when we become Christians, we all feel that life is going to be simple and that it’s going to be brilliant. But, there is a cost following Jesus.
None of us like suffering, but it says that we suffer as Christ Himself suffered.
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
I have found the sermons the last few weeks encouraging. Because, yes Christ suffered and we will suffer to at some sort of cost. And the joy from our relationship with Him will be eternity.
I am grateful for the people and mentors in my life who keep me on realising the good things in my life, and speaking words of wisdom into my every day struggles.
What is the cost in your life, how do you deal with it?
Here is a link to our Church’s media section, you might like to listen to the series over the last couple of weeks, perhaps like me you will feel slightly challenged?……
Hope you have a good week!