Is being a Christian easy or hard for you?

easy-hard-blue-red-sit-opposite-ends-gray-board-balanced-gray-question-mark-illustrates-evaluating-whether-47088109.jpgMaybe you’ve never thought about it too much. Perhaps being a Christian is all you’ve ever known. Sure, it’s been difficult at times for whatever reason, but it hasn’t been too big of a deal.

Or, maybe you’ve become a Christian later in life. In order to follow Christ fully you had to leave behind a former life of sin. It’s likely this was difficult at the time, but hopefully in the long run has all been worth it.

Is being a Christian easy or hard for you?

Maybe it’sboth. It could be that just like exercising your body is hard word, over time – because of the great benefits – it actually becomes something you enjoy and cannot live without.

On Sunday, October 14th, we will focus on Acts 7:51-8:3 when we meet the first Christian martyr. His name is Stephen.

You should read his “sermon” which starts at the beginning of Acts 7. If you’re looking for the cliff notes version of the Old Testament, here it is. Stephen walks right through the Old Testament to make the case to the Jews that they have always persecuted God’s prophets.

Obviously they didn’t like this news and they killed him. A man named Saul was there giving his approval to Stephen’s death. And a great persecution broke out against the church.

Is being a Christian easy or hard for you?

I will say, Jesus is quite clear that it’s not intended to be easy. Jesus says things like, “Take up your cross and follow me.” And the Scriptures are quite clear that the world, in it’s temptations to fleshly desires, won’t understand the Gospel of Jesus.

Yet, what do we hear Jesus say when he is dying? “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

What does Stephen say when he is dying? “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

May we be people who, while enduring the difficulties of this Christian life, find joy and freedom in speaking like Jesus and Stephen a message of forgiveness to those who seek to do us harm.

Alive in Christ!

Pastor Aaron