Not Easy- - But Doable

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A wife complained to her husband that she had put on a few pounds and her clothes were too tight for comfort. “I need to lose about 20 pounds,” she said, “but in the meantime I need a couple of new outfits to get me by.” So, she and her never-likes-to-shop husband hopped in the car and headed to the mall.

As they entered the clothing store a sign over one rack quickly caught their eyes. It read, “Amazing New Design Instantly Takes Away 10 Pounds!” Just as they reached the display a saleslady walks up and asks, “May I help you?” Without hesitation the man answered, “Yes, we’ll take two of these and be on our way.” Oh, if it were only that easy!

We live in a world that thrives on the “quick and easy,” which is good in some respects, but not everything fits in that category. There is no “easy” way to lose weight, or get in shape, or fix your marital problems, or raise kids… or fix the world’s problems. But just because these things may not be easy, does not mean they cannot be done.

The same is true in living for Jesus. There is no question that it is the best life to live. Further, everyone is capable of doing it. Yet, it is one of the most challenging things we ever undertake.
We need to keep in mind that Jesus promised great blessings to those who would follow Him. One of those promises is: “I came that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). But we also need to remember that He taught, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).

I am not at all suggesting that living the Christian life is one of drudgery. While I have faced some difficulties through my years of living for Jesus, I have never once regretted the decision I made to follow Him. In fact, in all my years of ministry I have never met anyone who ever thought their decision to become a Christian was a mistake. Yet, they would all admit to its trials along the way.

Yes, it is great- - but it is not always easy. And even though it is not always easy- - it is always doable- - and definitely always worth it!