You wanna know what happens when you’re a Christian?

August 15, 2010

Well crappy stuff.

That’s right. When you follow Christ. Crappy things happen to you.

Why? I don’t know really.

And crappy things happen to everybody. This is true. So I don’t want any person who is not a Christian to read this and feel like I don’t understand that their life is crappy too.  I do. Really I do.

Right now I don’t feel to good.  Right now I have been encountered with yet another hard thing in my life.  I am sorry if all this feels like complaining and it bothers you. But too bad.  As one of my favorite Cru staff member would say, “let me be where I’m at.”

Now there is something I find unique in a Christ followers suffering than a non Christ follower.  What seems to happen is that as one continues to follow Christ with all that they have they will get blitzed by an attack of some sort, or several attacks.

This person can either choose to keep following Christ with all they’ve got or they can slow it down. Or even give up.

A crazy thing happens to those that live through that suffering.  They get closer to God.

And then something else crazy happens.  The next hard thing in their life is even harder than the last.  I would be interested to look at every Christian’s life and watch the hard moments of their life.  And I would like to see how exactly hard it is. And if that goes up exponentially as we age.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 says this; 3We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

I think this is happening to me right now.  I think I am getting more endurance in the bad parts of life because of my hope that is inspired by Jesus.  I wish I wasn’t though.

How does Jesus give me hope?  Well even now as I write this I feel him drowning my heart in peace even though He doesn’t have to do that.

And even when I say God why? And this is your fault, and question God entirely and rudely as if I even know what I am talking about, he speaks to my heart. He gives me more peace and comfort.

God. I love you. Help me. I want to endure.

Here are some lyrics from Brave Saint Saturn to end this post.

Jesus Christ, Light of the World
You never did forget me
and when i bled in darkness, You held
me
still held me
when desperate nights i cursed You
You loved me, still loved me
Jesus Christ, You dry the tears
You break my heart of stone
Your words are life
cut marrow through
the darkness, to the bone
a heart of flesh You gave me
only You can save me

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5 Responses to “You wanna know what happens when you’re a Christian?”

  1. Pepe said

    I love you man. And your blog. It’s awesome to me how you can maintain a strong trust in God, and love for Him, even when you are down and out. And even when you are doubting, or hurting, or like you said, questioning or blaming God, you can trust that there is a part you don’t see. I wish I had your outlook during hard times. Haha next time I am sad or angry about something remind me of this eh?

    p.s. love the mumford lyrics earlier.

  2. Paul said

    Dude, I love this, but not as much as I love it when my brothers recognize the sanctifying work that Christ is doing in their lives. You are an incredible man of God, and you are being made into pure gold as God sanctifies you with Holy Spirit fire Woooo! Love you brother, I am so encouraged!

  3. Feliciahope said

    Anthony this is great, and I love the “Let me be where I’m at” phrase, Brilliant!

  4. ANGELICA said

    ALTHOUGH U TALKED TO US ABOUT THIS, READING THIS TODAY JUST MAKES ME TEAR UP. GODS SO AMAZING. AND REGARDLESS OF OUR STRUGGLES I KNOW EVERYTHING WILL BE OK. BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE EVERYDAY NO MATTER HOW MUCH I COMPLAIN THROUGH OUT THE DAY, THE LORD LETS ME SLEEP PEACEFULY AND LETS ME WAKE UP BREATHING…. EVERY STUGGLE DOES BRING US CLOSER TO GOD AND THIS BATTLE WERE FIGHTING ON A EVERY DAY BASES WILL BE WORTH IT IN THE END. IT TOOK ME AWHILE TO UNDERSTAND, BUT KNOW THERES NOTHING ELSE I RATHER BE DOING THEN LEARNING ABOUT GOD & SHARING WITH OTHERS ALSO. CAUSE THE FEELING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS INDISCRIBLE!
    THANKS FOR GUIDING ME ALONG THIS ROAD ANTHONY… YOUR ONE OF MY MANY BLESSINGS

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