“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” G.K. Chesterton.
I ran across this quote during my studies and thought, how true, so many give up because the Christian life has been found difficult, not because it is unfulfilling! I had thought when I first became a believer that my troubles would all go away, and was shocked to find I had even more than I did to begin with. It’s not that I had more problems from the world against me, but I had a new consciousness of the inside struggle of becoming the righteousness of Christ.
Sometimes when faced with choosing the ways of God instead of our own way it seems too difficult to bear, and the first reaction is to give up saying it is too hard to be a Christian. When Jesus was walking on the earth He had more disciples than just the 12, and in John 6:60-66, after Jesus spoke about a difficult subject, He said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?” and then in verse 66 we see, “As a result of this many of his disciples withdrew and were not walking with him anymore.” Let us not be ones who stumble at Jesus’s words and give up saying it’s too hard, but ones that will follow Him even when it is difficult.
Matthew 11:6, “And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over me.”
Father, help us not to give up on our walk with You, but to continue even in the face of difficulties. In Jesus name I pray, amen.