Monday, June 27, 2011
Hard times for believers
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:12-13
Being a follower of Christ is not easy, so says Paul. Here he states that following Jesus and living a godly life will be full of hardships and persecutions. To make matters worse it sounds like that those who do not follow Christ will be turning from bad to worse. During these times, it was not easy to be a follower of Christ. This was the beginnings of the persecutions. They would die a death that is equal of a criminal. Times for being a believer here is not easy, and it would only get worse as the years would go on.
How does this really apply to me? I live in a country where it is pretty easy to be a Christian, where “living” for God is the norm not the exception. But the better question is: Am I really living for God? Does my life reflect godliness or is it just a facade? Am I really following Jesus or am I being what Paul calls an impostor. I feel at times, my life could be little more godly. The way I treat people, to my patience with others, to decisions I make, there are many places where I have a small amount of godliness. In fact it may be a reality that my life is not where it should be. However, what I also know is that God wants us all in. But I struggle with going all in. I want to live a godly life, its not all that easy that’s all.
Lord I want to live a more godly life.