God's Way Is Not Easy
Why are God's people so dispersed and scattered? Why are so
many letting down, giving up and falling away? Did they ever
understand the Truth? Are they still looking for great numbers
of members in one human organization and a structured religion
of do's and don'ts - so that they do not have to learn to build
character or make decisions?
Why are some brethren unable to hold the course? Why do some
people compromise by substituting nit-picking incidental
religiosity for the great true faith of Jesus Christ? It takes
effort to stay on course - to endure to the end - to stand
strong. This is an ardent cry to hold fast to the Word of God.
"My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my
sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the
midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find
them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all
diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from
thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let
thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight
before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways
be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left:
remove thy foot from evil." (Proverbs 4:20-27)
Brethren, there are many philosophies that would draw us away
from the straight-forward way of life in Jesus Christ. Some
people are actually looking for loop-holes to get out of what we
must do to become more like our elder brother, Jesus Christ.
"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these
things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which
they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do
also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."
There are those who would not keep the
commandments or follow Christ - except for the hope of the Place
of Safety, or for the promises of the Kingdom. Are we in God's
Chruch, solely for the rewards? Do we endeavor to live as
Christians simply for gain - or do we whole-heartedly believe
that God's way is always right and best?
Brethren, have we built the Godly character that
would cause us to choose God's way - even if there were only
seemingly intangible rewards in this temporal life? Here is the
good news - there are great rewards, but our motivation must be
"to come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature
of the fulness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:13)
When Jesus gave His life
for us - He gave His all. Our calling is not an easy one -
because God's way is not easy. "For
even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for
us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps."
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