We must stop being so afraid to proclaim the truth!!
When we tell our testimonies, when we speak of our Christian walk, when we share with others the struggles, why are we so afraid to tell the truth?
I’ve seen it over and over, I’ve even done it myself.
We don’t want to discourage anyone, we’re afraid they won’t come to Christ if they know the truth.
So we fudge a little, we fib a little, we exaggerate a little to make it all a little nicer, a little easier to swallow.
The truth is that the walk of a true disciple of Christ is a difficult walk, fraught with danger, filled with hard circumstances, complete with persecution from without and self-doubt from within!!
The truth is that renewing your mind to His way instead of doing what you want, dying to self to live for others, humbling yourself and esteeming others more highly, taking the back seat instead of the front, denying pleasures of the flesh instead of indulging in them are really, really difficult things to do!
Jesus not only never said it would be easy, He made it clear it would be TREMENDOUSLY HARD!
That it would mean a lifetime of being hated by the world we live in, persecuted by our neighbors and even those we call friends. Stalked by an evil spiritual being filled with darkness we can’t even begin to imagine, whose only desire is to kill and destroy us, our lives, our loved ones!
That there would be trials, but alongside them would be great triumphs.
That we can expect to be targets but the shield of faith would protect us from every weapon formed against us.
That lies would bombard us but the TRUTH would set us free.
That apart from trusting and believing in Him we would be helpless, discouraged and inept; but He would be our hope, our encouragement and that through Him only, we would be able to do everything we need to do. Everything He asks us to do.
That to our every question He would be our answer.
Truly, Jesus is Who He told us He is.
He is the Way to our joy, peace and the love we all crave so deeply.
He is the Truth we search high and low for and yearn for in our hearts.
He is the LIFE, eternal life, we desire above all other things.
The walk as a disciple of Christ is the hardest, best, scariest, most joyful, toughest and most wonderful walk any of us will ever experience.
BE BRAVE! BE TRUTHFUL! BE LOVING!
Tell others that Jesus loves them, died for them, was raised from the dead for their redemption and they are called to take up THEIR cross, pay the cost and follow Him to a LIFE ETERNAL that is the only rewarding ending to this physical life on earth.
His love is well worth the cost He paid so we could have it, and that is no lie!