There is an idea in our Christian culture that if we continue to follow Jesus Christ in our daily lives then our life will be filled with joy. But what if God calls you to live a life that is full of hurt and disappointment? How about going through life and never making enough money to pay the bills? Maybe never to get married or have children? Having to grow up in a horrible family situation? What if your life is going to be the biggest pile of shit ever? Serving the Lord all of a sudden doesn’t look so joyful. This thought has been racing through my mind for the last few months. There are many Christians around the world that live in these situations everyday and continue to serve the Lord diligently. Then on the other hand, many Christians are blessed in so many ways. Is there something wrong with the believers who live in a shit hole, and the blessed people are better Christians? Does God play favorites? Does God even have a plan for every Christian?
You probably have already asked these same questions over and over again. Now I’m not here to answer these questions because I don’t know the answers. I’m sure I could go on and on about some theological view and bring up a bunch of bible verses that show God is full of grace, mercy, and compassion. We have heard it all before that we need to trust in God and everything will work out. This leads me to another question: Does God have any sympathy for his follows beyond the cross? Now I’m not God obviously but part of me thinks that God doesn’t have much sympathy for His followers. Now I say this because WE GET TO GO TO HEAVEN!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!! Who cares if your life on earth is going to be as if you are swimming in an infinite pool of cow shit. You get to spend an eternity with the creator who showed grace, mercy and compassion on the CROSS. He sacrificed His son for you and not just you but Jesus died for everyone. I think that is plenty of love. Perfect love.
Now I know God shows grace, mercy, and compassion in other ways as well. I am just so tired of people getting it in their minds that God will bless them if they live a life worthy of our Lord. Everyone needs to get it through their think heads that nobody will live a life worthy of God, now let me repeat, NOBODY WILL LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF GOD. Jesus did all of that for us!!! I believe that as long as our hearts desire is to glorify God then no matter how life works out, we will be greeted at the gates of heaven with the most loving arms our minds can’t even imagine. My encouragement to everyone is that no matter if your life is horrible or full of blessings; God gave us all a gift that can never be matched. Don’t beat yourself, because God beat himself up for you. Keep living diligently for the Lord, it pays off in the end.