Selling the Christian faith has become one of the core competencies of evangelicals. This has its roots in extending Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) within the circles of our influence.
But, there are parts of the faith-life that don’t always sit well.
Prayers are not always answered to our satisfaction. I don’t understand any faith-followers of God who enjoy having their prayers answered contrary to what they desire. But God is sovereign, although we are commanded to pray, none of us can control God through our prayers. This is the reason prayer involves such supreme religion. It reminds us to pray more holistically, such as using the Jesus Prayer, or to pray prayers of praise and thanksgiving, or to pray for the understanding of God’s will and the power to carry it out.
Non-believers often cannot be’affected’. We do not need to be Christians long to come face-to-face together with the fact that we peddle an unpopular message. It’s only those that the Spirit has been working in who are ripe for the gospel. This is a reality we’re both forced to accept in addition to accept that we can’t force anyone to come to faith.
Christians can seem to suffer more than those who don’t believe. Christians do endure: John Wesley said,”One of the best evidences of God’s love to people who love him is to send them afflictions, with grace to bear them.” Sothere are two parts to this 1 evidence; the simple fact of afflictions which often come as persecutions, and the elegance Christians get with which to bear them. Being a Jesus follower does not mean that we flourish in our suffering. Nobody does. But it’s a biblical concept to consider it pure joy when we suffer trials of many kinds (James 1:2-4).
Christians can not sin and be happy in their sinning. Yes, this is correct. For those with the Holy Spirit, there’s the conviction of the Spirit. A Christian’s conscience won’t let them revel in wickedness.
Christians can not stop sinning. It must bemuse the planet when it imagines Animal Removal Ocala FL being’perfect’ in God, yet as they watch on there are so many Christians that seem hypocritical. As followers of Jesus we sit on a knife edge straddling two opposed truths: we are sinners, but we are known as beyond our sin. The only difference is the Christian accepts they’re a sinner, whilst the world doesn’t accept this reality (as a truth about self) and/or does not care.
Christians are often frustrated with the church. But just as much are we frustrated by how the church is perceived in the world. We know that the church is valuable to God, and that it grieves God’s Spirit when the church is defamed. But Christians know full well that the church is corruptible, because it is run by a humanity under the direction of God but not necessarily in submission to Him. If power gets to somebody’s head, that power is wielded sinfully. It’s misused and abused. The only hope for the church is that it actually operates with Christ as its head.
Christians are often unable to answer non-believers’ questions. It’s not hard to miss the mark or to overlook the time or to not get our words right. But the purpose of living the authentic Christlike life is not in what we say, but in what we do and how we do itin how we live our lives.
Christians can’t seem to prove God to those who insist He isn’t real. This really irks some in the religion. They love their doctrines but can’t seem to make some people budge. These very same people will only be convinced by God Himself.
Christians are just as prone to addictions, despair, disappointments, and failure as anyone is. Maybe more so in many circumstances. We all face the same types of enticements. We are all tempted into envy and greed and pride and lust. And we all fall for these traps, Christian or not.
Christians do not have any excuse to lash out at people. This will not stop some Christians. There are times, like for anyone made from flesh and feelings, when we would love to have our revenge. But we are told that it is God’s prerogative to avenge.
Christian faith is often as much about really accepting the awkward and uncomfortable realities of life as enjoying the favour of God’s grace. But it is not without cost. Indeed, new Christians need to know that the genuine life in Jesus is costly, but of course the benefits far outweigh the costs.
And please don’t get me wrong, most Christians wouldn’t have their own lives any other way.
These realities that Christians don’t enjoy about being Christian are precisely what mature them in the faith.