Why do hard things? – Part 2

Posted: September 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

So here is part 2 of the blog about doing hard things and taking a stand for God! It will only take you 5 minutes, so READ IT! 🙂 and write your comment underneath! We want to know what you think!

When we decide to follow God and His plan for our growth, we’re declaring war on our sinful nature and it fights the idea of do hard things with everything its got. The reason it’s so hard to do hard things is because our sinful nature (or the sinful stuff inside of us) wants us to do easy things. Doing hard things is a fight against our own sin (our own natural tendency to take it easy and to take the path of least resistance). That’s why it’s hard. In Romans 7:21-25 the Apostle Paul talks about this nature that wages war against his desire to obey God: He says:

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.22 I love God’s law with all my heart.23 But there is another powers within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”

God’s design for us when we were made was good, but it has been corrupted by our sin. We were made to grow through effort. The corruption of our sin is laziness. C.S. Lewis wrote: “ We are like eggs at present. And we cannot go on forever being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” In other words, we can’t just go on being ordinary, decent Christians, giving God part of our lives while holding back the rest. Either we are hatched and learn to fly or we are a dud that will soon start to smell siff.

The thing is that hard things come to us all the time. We can’t really avoid doing hard things. We can only decide when to do them and how prepared we will be to handle the hard things life brings our way. You either get prepared for the hard things that will come, or you deal with after it happens and you aren’t prepared. We either “do it” now, or we end up having to “deal with it” later. If you think about it- Resisting temptation is a hard thing, but the reward is greater than if you let the temptation take control. The good news? We have God’s grace!! We aren’t perfect, and we won’t always make the right choice. Thats why God gives us His grace and forgives us when we aren’t perfect. We can live in freedom, and choose to do hard things for Him! Its not a chore, its a choice!

Time to Persevere

Our sin nature wants us to keep on believing the lie that our lives will be easier when we avoid doing hard things. And like Paul says, our sin nature doesn’t sleep.  It’s a constant, every day battle. Persevere and keep asking God to help you to do the hard things! Prepare yourself to do hard things. If you fail, thats ok too! We always have God’s grace to help us out!

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