“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ” (Billy Graham)
To come to a point in our Christian lives where it is difficult to keep going does not mean that the Christian faith does not work. Instead, it means that God is taking us down the same road that many of the Bible’s heroes of faith had to experienced, to test out and to strengthen their faith and commitment. That’s why Bible reading and study, especially on the Biblical characters is very beneficial and encouraging to do. Each character like Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, Samuel, Josiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Peter etc. shows us that Christian faith does work and God can use our uniqueness and weaknesses for His divine purposes.
God may be revealing to us further areas in our lives that need bringing under His control, and sometimes that change in life may be painful! God may be starting to change some of those deep-seated attitudes that are displeasing to Him (Oh, mine are many!), and to teach us qualities that we will need in His plan for our lives. Some of us, like Apostle John, will learn quickly and easily and will know the joy of full commitment. Others of us will be more like Apostle Peter, submitting to the correction again and again, having to learn every lesson the hard way! [On personal note, I’m more of a ‘Peter’ than ‘John’]
One thing we can be sure of is that God will never give up on us. He will not leave us alone or lead us to become a failure, but will constantly use circumstances and the influence of His Holy Spirit to build up Christ-like attitudes in us. Our part is simply to keep going day by day; to learn His lessons, accept His discipline, and rejoice in His love. I’m writing this to genuine Christ followers out there: God will never leave you alone.
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.