Why is it So Hard to be a Christian?

Being a Christian is often not easy and full of persecution. Frequently I hear the question, “Why is it so hard to be a Christian?”. Other people find it very easy to be a Christian. I tell people that honestly, though it isn’t easy for people to accept if your life as a Christian is easy for you, you likely aren’t living as a Christian should. The most important commandment given by God to His people is to love God and to love others. This means we love others more than ourselves and be a servant to people.

Living as a servant isn’t easy and often people will still persecute us because we believe in absolute morals and believe in heaven and hell. SteepleLess Church would love to help you in your life. We are here for anything you need prayer, help, or just a friend to speak to. There also is a sermon that relates to this topic, if you are interested in watching it please click here.

5 Common Questions on Christian Life

1. Why Doesn’t God Make the Life of a Christian Easy?

To make the life of a Christian easy, we would need to be separated from everyone who doesn’t believe the way we do. This is the opposite of what the Bible tells us to do. We are to live our lives loving others and to tell others about God. Many people in the United States call themselves Christians but live nothing like the Bible tells us to. They live their lives exactly how they want and never think about other people outside their family and friends. These people are not living the life that God wants us to.

However, God does support us in ways that the world cannot achieve. God gives us confidence, strength, and peace that is unable to be found anywhere else. While life will be difficult you can know that you will go to heaven and be rewarded when you show love towards others. A life of selflessness will never be easy but this is the life that God calls for. If you aren’t living a life of selflessness you may not have faith in God. If you are wondering if you have faith, I have written a paper on faith here. Being a Christian isn’t meant to be easy and the Bible is clear that the Christian life is harder than living for yourself.

2. Why Does Life Have to be so Hard?

We live in a fallen world and for many of the people in the Western world, life is lived in extreme selfishness. We are told to do whatever makes us happy by our society, but the Bible does not say this. The Bible says to live in extreme unselfishness. This life is more demanding and much harder than just living however you want, but it is also extremely rewarding. God has not only given us eternal life with Him but gives us the ability to change people’s lives for the better.

At the end of the day, while the life of a Christian is physically draining, we are much happier because we know that what we are doing will matter. The actions that are done that do not bring glory to God will not matter in thousands of years. When the human population is extinct nothing that is done outside of the will of God will matter. However, anything done in this world to bring glory to God will matter.

3. How does God Support us in Our Lives?

From God comes all good things. If you have a good relationship with someone or have a good job, happiness, joy, health, etc., these are all from God. While we all go through trials, many of them the fault of human free will, God will use these bad experiences to make our lives better. God doesn’t promise financial success, wealth, or an easy life to Christians. Rather, He promises that He will strengthen us when we need it and rely on Him and that we will be rewarded in heaven. We will have true joy that this world cannot attain if we live in God’s will. He also gives us other Christians in our lives who can help us stay true to God. We live our lives knowing that what we do will help people grow closer to their maker.

4. How does the Church Help?

One of the main goals of the Church is to help Christians follow God as much as they can. SteepleLess Church offers a pastor who knows the Bible and has a Master of Divinity who would love to speak to you about anything related to Christianity, pray, or simply support you in what you are doing for God. All churches are meant to reflect the Body of Christ, which is the true Church. Everyone who is saved is part of the Body of Christ and is called to help other Christians so joy and grace can be found wherever we are.

5. What Can I do to Know What God Wants me to do in my Life?

The best thing to know what to do in your life is to know the Bible well. In my life, I have heard people say many times that God told them specifically to do something but it doesn’t line up with the Bible. I had a family friend say that God was calling him to divorce his wife so he could be happy with a woman who was half his age. It was extremely hard on his wife and child and he was taken out of leadership in the church that I was in because this did not line up with the Bible. However, he to this day will claim that God told him to do this. The problem with this is he simply doesn’t know the Bible or doesn’t believe in it.

The Bible is the word of God and everything said in it is true. If you say God is telling you to do something but the Bible disagrees, you are lying. God cannot lie and He will not be mocked by people who call themselves Christians but do not follow the Bible. When you spend time in the Bible you should pray that it will guide your life. Prayer is powerful and it is direct communication with God. We should all take advantage of the opportunity to talk to God about what is on our hearts. God understands us and loves us deeply. When we do both of these our lives will change and we will begin to have the joy of God.

God loves you deeply and I would love to help you with any questions you have about Christianity. SteepleLess Church would love to be a place for you to hear about God too. You can connect with me anytime at johnjr@steeplelesschurch.com. God bless.


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