Come Home Backslider (A follow up to Backslide)
A lot of the things a new believer encounters are very common in the Bible. If you take your time and do your own research. However, it is very compelling and surprising with the amount of information the word of God gives you that pertains to every aspect of human life. I’ve been a believer for quite a while and I’m still finding things in the Bible that often surprise me. Like, the apostles being homeless. You name it, whatever struggle and problems you’re facing right now it’s there.
Coming from a family that’s devotedly Roman Catholic, even the tradition and education that molded me who I was. I had to make a choice whether to follow Christ or break away from tradition. I choose the first. My parents, weren’t happy at all. So are my teachers, and some friends. It was hard and heart breaking at the same time. Here I am, thinking families, friends and love ones should be happy that you finally found the truth. Quite the opposite. A lot of Catholic schools have a Religion class, I would get excluded from class discussions because I would challenge what’s being taught. Explaining that it contradicts the Bible. The hardest part actually was with my parents, I mean they suppose to be there to back me up. Isn’t it that’s what they wanted? For me to be a better man? It broke my heart. The way they treated me change so rapidly and I wasn’t prepared for that. Then one night I was at a service, the Pastor mentioned that even Christ close relatives doesn’t believe in Him. Telling Him that He should show himself to the world (John 7:3-5). Christ even defined who are His brothers and sisters. And those are the ones who hear and does His words (Luke 8:19-21).
It’s not easy being a Christian and I guarantee you. You’ll burnt out, to the point that you’ll be all alone, betrayed and forsaken. You’ll cry out to God and all you hear is just silence. You had enough that you beg God to take away your life. Elijah (1Kings 19:3-4) and Jonah (Jonah 4:8) have been through it. So is Job.
I hear a lot of preaching today that material wealth equates God’s blessing and favor. You’ll be prosperous when you become a believer but Christ and the apostles never preached such thing. There was only one individual who promise prosperity to those who follow him. Remember, when Jesus Christ was tempted in the wilderness. Yes, the devil is the only one who promise prosperity in the entire new testament (John 4:8-9). If you decide to follow Christ, do so because you love Him, because He love you first. I asked my brother once, why I can’t be as succesful(materially) as other people. Am I curse or just keep making the bad choices? And then he told me this verse, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you (John 15:19).
If you find yourself alone. Beaten and treading life by its own. You are not alone. The apostles and disciples of Christ have been through it. Even Christ had to go through it. He could’ve change the situation if He wanted to. And yet He chose to stay with us and be a man to suffer and die as a man. It’s nothing new you’re brothers and sisters in Christ have been through it. So rise up, repent and come back. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
In closing, I leave you this.
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “for your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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