I once took a yoga class.
My main, okâŚmy only reason for doing so was to hang out with some friends.
Did you know that a whale shouldnât do yoga?
I mean, it just doesnât look right. It doesnât feel natural.
Itâs kind of performing a somersault in gym class in school. It just went wrong.
I have a hard time accepting otherâs peopleâs religions. While everybody seems to be on the same page, a lot of time thereâs a bit of difference. Itâs not much, but it effectively tells you âIâm not going to do that again.â
Since Jesus walked among us there has Â been talk of who He was, and what He was doing, and what He was sent to do.Â Jesus, in His rather peaceful, but bloody mission, broke all the molds of what people thought He would be. I donât know why it was that people expected Him to be a conquering King. Iâve seen the results of war overseas (and on the dirt of our country) in my young life, and itâs never pretty. Women raped, children beaten, houses burnedâŚ.And Christianity has, indeed been one of the most bloody religions ever to exist.
Did Jesus come to stop all this? Many would say yes. And they may be right. But before we receive any kind of blessing, there has to be bloodshed. The blood may be real, or it may be spiritual. But the Christian must suffer. The suffering may be separation of family, death, poverty, and even down to a total and ultimate reliance on God!
Thankfully, I havenât been to that last part in my life. Not yet…Â Physically and to a point, needfully, God has blessed me. I may be low on what is inside my cupboards. But I eat every day. I have a roof over my head, and clothes on my back. I may not have a lot of money, but I make it through day to day just fine.
Hereâs the deal: there are many people heading to church to hear the good news of the Gospel. These people are either in a rough place, or they are suffering. But someone has given them the idea, or they have had the idea, that God is a provider of wealth, and that God is going to deliver them from so and so.
That was never Godâs plan! Godâs plan was to reconcile the lost to Himself. God wanted His children in total communion with Him. He wanted, and wants to close the great divide that was and is caused by sin.
Thatâs the rich, prosperousÂ life right there.
Itâs not about lessening the pain, the suffering, the poverty that life has given us. We WILL have hardship in this life. Itâs not going to be a smooth ride. (Just ask any parent who worries about their children!)Â Â If it were then the image of Jesus carrying the cross through the streets of His Holy city is a false representation of what the future holds for the Christian.
WE SHALL SHARE IN HIS SUFFERING!
But the end of that sufferingâŚis every bit worth it.
I STRONGLY suggest that if you are a God loving Christian, and you are in a church that teaches nothing but blessings, that you pick up the Bible and read it in itâs entirety. Not just the nice parts, but all the parts that your Pastor doesnât cover. I also suggest that you watch movies about the Passion of Christ (Yes, watch Mel Gibsonâs the Passion of Christ!) And just remember: Â God never said it would be easy.
But yeah, it will be worth it!