It is hard to give up everything for the sake of our faith. Once you become a true bible believing Christian, you must live by faith not by sight. There’s a lot of things you have to give up. Things that’s impossible to give up but you were able to because of that burning desire for your love of Jesus Christ. You look you’re old self and you’re amazed and still are that you were able to make that change. But none of our actions are comparable to what Jesus have done for us. That is an absolute love. Having the capability to love someone without returning it.
Anything that is contrary to God’s will must be given up. A lot of people would look at us, we’re crazy and out of our mind. You can’t really blame them if you look from their perspective, it is crazy. That’s how faith works, believing something or someone that is unseen. Giving up on our old self seems an easy task. The hard part is giving up on your job, friends or even your own family because it hinders your walk with Christ.
What makes it harder is when it happens the other way around. Being rejected because you are a follower of Jesus Christ. You’re probably sitting alone in your room with head bowed down. Smoking and drinking just to take the edge off. Thinking and asking yourself, “Is it worth it?” To lose everything for His sake. The pain that we’re going through just rob us blind of what’s ahead of us.
If we read through God’s word, on Hebrew 11:24-27 and 33-40, it is absolutely worth it. Because our rewards is not worldly but heavenly. Here we can see Moses refusing to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chooses instead to suffer with his people rather than enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. The pleasures of sin don’t last, it’s passing. No wonder why one keeps sinning, it’s an empty hole. He didn’t even fear the king. Because he knows who he serve.
In verses 33-40 and I quote, “who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed act of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others expected mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned. they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.
Now listen to this on verses 39-40 and I quote, “And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not received what was promised, because God had provided something better for us , so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
Do not be dismayed or discourage. You’re not the only one going through this situation. Some are even worse. Have faith and do not lose hope. Do not be blinded by the things you see. It will dull your mind, thereby hindering you from thinking clearly. And sooner or later you’ll succumb to temptation, eventually sinning. Rather focus on Christ, His words and the testimony of His apostles and disciple. On what they’ve endure and went through. For what is seen is temporal and what is unseen is eternal.