So many of us find following God’s words to be so difficult in our everyday lives. We try to read our bibles and follow what it says, but at the same time, we try to act normal and fit in with the rest of society. It just doesn’t work for us, and therefore we feel miserable. Allow me to bring this closer to home for you.
The bible says:“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake, to EVERY AUTHORITY instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right”. (1 peter 2:13)
But we bash our president when he doesnt agree with our views, and disrespect our teachers when their actions hinder our personal comforts, all the while claiming that we’re following God’s word.
The bible says: “Finally, all of you live in harmony, with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble, Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing”. (1 Peter 3:8)
But for some reason its difficult for us to love as brothers when someone is acting like anything but your brother, or throw off an insult, when it was behind your back or about something sensitive. We almost cant help but yell when someone yells at us, and we almost cant help but call someone an idiot after they’ve called us a moron.
We can’t help but be miserable, when we want to love God and still act like everyone else. Maybe you don’t think you want to act like everyone else, but you still curse when they curse, laugh at whatever they laugh at, spend 2 hours on the way you look every morning, and don’t even claim Christ when you’re in a secular environment. Then you sit back and wonder why Christianity doesn’t seem to be working for you. Christianity is an all or nothing kind of deal. It’s almost like it was made so that if you tried to live half of your life for God, and the other half like everyone else, you wouldn’t get anywhere and hate it. The judgmental looks of others can keep us from doing so many great things and from being fully God’s and letting go of our fear of rejection. It’s just about finding enough “will” within ourselves to make that decision. To just not care anymore. To just decide “so what, maybe i’ll get made fun of, but I won’t be trying to divide my life anymore”. Those who are fully God’s are always glad because they only want what God wants. They are not trying to want God on Sundays and want a drink out of depression on Mondays. They let go of anything they know God wouldn’t want and stand up for all God wants and in return live a completely open and simplified life. They’re not trying to hide anything or act in 2 different ways, They just love God, and everyone who has ever met them knows it. Its just about making up your mind to live that way. Yeah you may be sacrificing some things, but you’re sacrificing things for what you love the most.
“To fear to be too entirely God’s is to fear to be too happy. It’s to fear to want God’s will in all things. To fear to have too much courage, too much comfort, and too much detachment from the passions in life that, in the end, make us miserable” -Francois Fenelon (famous theologian)
See when you decide to follow God and really, really, only want God and all He is, things actually become less complicated. In every situation you’re in, you find yourself asking is this what God would want for me right now? Is what I’m watching, is what I’m listening to, Is what I’m doing, really glorifying God right now? And if the answer is no, you just simply don’t do it, and in the end there’ no shame. On Sunday mornings you’re not spending the first 30 minutes of service repenting for what you did last night.
Instead of desiring everything you see, you are content with what you have and WHATEVER God brings your way, or DOESNT bring your way, because you know God, and you know His plan is perfect for you, and you want nothing more, and nothing less than His plan. It’s not that we can completely get away from all this world holds and all it tempts us with, but we can decide how much we want to love all of it. How much we allow it to affect us. There is a decision that must first be made in our hearts when we decide to fully follow God.
At first it won’t be easy because the subtle mocking of those around you will affect every part of your being, and tempt you to just give up on the most beautiful thing you’ve ever found, but in the end when you have decided to let nothing effect you, others will see you strength, your joy, your hope in all situations, and begin to desire the very thing that they were mocking in the first place.
There is only one way to love God: to take not a single step without Him, and to follow with a brave heart wherever He leads.