As long as we live in this world, we will have to deal with the challenges of not being of the world. It is not an easy task to swim against the tide and that is exactly what it is like to live in this world as a Christian. Our beliefs, culture, values, and everything are different. Christians who truly want to live life as a follower of Christ cannot escape persecutions, misunderstandings and other challenges that come with wanting to swim against the tide and living different from the world.
So yes, there are times when being a Christian gets hard, I had to ask a few Christians whose response form part of what I about to share, below are some of those instances.
1. When your friends have to leave, or you have to leave them.
The moment you give your life to Christ, something in you changes. Your preferred topic of discussion, choice of hang out and all of that. This change also affects your friends, you have to draw a line with the people you have known as friends almost all your life, most times you have to sever them completely, it can be very hard, letting go of long time friends.
It is challenging, but necessary.
The [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Psalm 14: 1 AMP
Walk with wise people and become wise; befriend fools and get in trouble. Proverbs 13:20 CEB
2. When Things are not going like you had hoped.
Many times Christians think that things will go their way all the time, they have done all that the word of God demand. But alas, they see that those who do not even like the name of The Lord are getting blessed in areas they have been trusting God for. This is hard…
Don’t let your heart envy sinners, but fear the Lord constantly; then you will have a future, and your hope won’t be cut off. Proverbs 23:17-18 CEB
3. When you have to wait for God.
Waiting is hard… When you have to wait on God for admission, a job, a big break, enough money for your needs, a spouse to marry, to have a baby, to see your children get married…
We all want things to happen in our time, the time when we think they should happen. But when we have to wait for God’s time as Christians… It is hard.
Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and [e]carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 AMP
4. When you have to love someone who keeps hurting you.
We are commanded as Christians to love, but when someone hurts you, keeps hurting you, will not love you back or is a sworn enemy… It is hard to love that person.
You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy; But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, to show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that? When someone you did good to will not appreciate it. Matthew 5: 43-47 AMP
5. When someone you did good to will not appreciate it.
You know what I am talking about. Even when we know we ought to do it as unto the Lord, it still hurts when you have “poured out your life” for someone and the person does not give a hoot. When it looks like you are being taken for granted.
It hurts, and it is hard…
Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 CEB
6. When you have to pray always.
Every believer is expected to pray literarily pray all the time. With all the numerous things competing intensely for our time: family, work, business, friends and even Church.
Giving attention to spouse and children, tired from work, commitment to friends, trying to work the business and finding time to pray…. It is hard, but if we must survive as followers of Christ, prayer is a must.
Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 GW
Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there… Ephesians 6:18 CEB
We Were Told Before Hand.
Make no mistake, even God has told us that the path we take is not easy. He says there are pressures on the path of believers, these pressures make it tight, compressed, hard…
Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it. Matthew 7:13-14 AMP
These challenges for believers are real and true, but it can be dealt with as we yield ourselves completely and continually to The Spirit of God, submitting our spirits, souls and bodies to Him.
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). Galatians 5:16 AMP
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 AMP
To crown it all, there is a reward…
Jesus said, Truly I tell you, there is no one who has given up and left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for My sake and for the Gospel’s who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. Mark 10:29-30 AMP
- Do you agree that sometimes it is hard to be a Christian?
- When has it been hard for you?
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