A Christian’s Life Is Not Easy

Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy
— Psalms 126:5

So many Christians start off their new lives in Christ thinking that living as a Christian is easy, and that nothing bad ever happens to us. I always warn new Christians to get ready for a life of heartbreak and challenges, a life where we are constantly faced with our own shortcomings and failures. I tell people all the time that I am my own worst enemy.  I don’t go around blaming everything on Satan.  I have more trouble with Self than I do Satan.  As Paul says in Romans 7:19: “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” 

In this sermon, I want to focus on those who feel worthless or thinking about giving up because of your failures.  Every person who has ever lived in this world other than Jesus lives with failures. No matter what you may think you see in others, they face their struggles and failures too. Don’t give up because that is exactly what Satan wants you to do.  You are no different from any other Christian.  We all struggle and fight the battles daily with the world, the flesh and Satan.     

The first thing I want you to realize is that we live in a world full of sin, and we watch others doing things without any regard to the consequences. And at times our sinful nature has desires to do the very same things they are doing. It is so easy to get pulled into their behaviors, and it is so easy to fail.  Please, don’t get the idea that I am trying to make light of sin and its consequences. I’m just trying to tell you that you or no one else is going to go through life without failures and shortcomings. Abraham, David, Paul, Peter, Moses; do I need to go on? 

And even when we are strong, and we try to be a witness and show lost people the consequences for their actions, they turn on us and tell us that we are being “to judgmental" or "not allowing them freedom of religion."  Remember what Jesus said in John 15:19: “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

However, just because the world "hates us," and just because we fail (a lot), that doesn't change God's love for us. God knows that we have the sin nature in us, and he knows that we are going to do things that we really don't want to do and there are times that we get caught up in the moment, or we make ourselves believe we want to do those things. Once again let me be clear, that doesn’t mean we have a license to sin. But when we do sin, we confess it knowing that God forgives us. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. 

According to Scripture, God loved us while we were still lost and rebellious Romans 5:8, and he promised us freedom from our sin John 8:36 and eternal life with him Romans 6:23. And he loves us now, even though we have failed him, and joined with the world from time to time. Even though we are not perfect, God still calls us his own children John 1:12-13 and He gives us his mercy Proverbs 28:13 and righteousness through his Son, Jesus Christ.

And even with all the trials we are faced with, and even with the number of times we fail, in the end we will be face to face with God, and will sing songs of joy far greater than we have ever known.  God Bless!