Life is full of challenges. In class this week we talked about the four things most Christians stumble over. They are somewhat sequential in our walk to spiritual maturity, but not entirely.
The first thing we stumble over, our first hurdle, is SALVATION itself. We struggle at the very beginning of the path with the idea that we are sinners, that we cannot save ourselves, that Jesus was the Son of God, that Jesus gave His life on our behalf, and so on. It’s just not so easy to embrace the whole idea.
The next thing we stumble over is THE WORD. Learning to read the Bible regularly, to study it, to actually understand it, and to make it a central part of our lives can be so darn hard. We may not understand how critical the Word is to our lives. And even if we know it’s important, we still tend to neglect it. It takes commitment, discipline, practice, and maybe some outside help to become a consistent consumer of the Word.
Then there is the LORDSHIP struggle – the idea that God is to be the most important, all-consuming person in our lives. There cannot be anything or anyone more important than Him. He doesn’t want to just be at the top of our priority list, He wants to own our whole life! Surrendering ourselves, our ideas, and our “idols” is an ongoing, life-long process. We continue to stumble over this for much of our lives. We may surrender one part of ourselves, only to discover a few months later that some new idol has cropped up.
And finally, we stumble over PEOPLE. People can be so hard to love – because we are sinners, they are sinners, and that can make for a fine mess. Yet Jesus clearly told us in Matthew 22:37-39 that the Greatest Commandment is to love the Lord and to love people! We are not only to love people, we are to make disciples of them and help teach them how to follow Jesus – that was the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20.
So where are you at in your journey? What are you wrestling with? Salvation? The Word? Lordship? People?
I challenge you to think it over and discuss it with a friend. Then decide what you’re going to do about it. Don’t miss the whole point of your life on earth after you come to know Christ… He has called us to love and to labor. Let’s do it!