It’s Expensive To Be A Christian

It’s not rocket science that eating crappy food will make you swell up like a Beluga whale.  Not shocking.  I mean we are the most overweight country in the world to the extent that even our homeless are overweight compared to the rest of the world. 

So once we cross the River De-Nile and realize that we need to eat things that don’t end in –ostess or –itto we face another staggering reality.

Eating healthy is expensive!  I mean really, really expensive. 

Now, if you are one of those Extreme Coupon freaks that snips coupons for 18 months straight and then can buy $4,500 worth of groceries by some how paying for it with an extra button off your flannel shirt then maybe you won’t relate.  But for the rest of us it can be expensive. 

The cost of taking care of yourself and doing what is right for your body can be high, but it’s worth it.

Did you ever consider that being a Christian is expensive too?  No, not because you are buying all the WWJD chachkis or schools of fish for your mini-van, but the actual cost of following Jesus in your life.

“We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!

To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment”.

1 Corinthians 4:10-13

As American Christians we will never fully grasp the context of what Paul writes here.  The persecution and very existence of a follower of Christ in his day was extreme, but yet in our own worlds we too must be prepared for opposition and challenges in our walk with Christ.  There will always be people that seem to have it all together or are comfortable in their lives that will look down on you for your stance for Christ. 

When we place our hands in the air and start to follow Christ with radical changes in our lives instead of just a t-shirt on our chest–the price to follow goes up.  You can expect “friends” you had to start to fall away, family members may mock you, how you spend your time and money will change, your moral compass will start to reset itself, and above all the world you once knew will start to come into focus for what it truly is…lost.

Yes, the cost of following Christ can seem high in the worlds we live in, but it’s worth it.  The temporary discomfort we face in this lifetime will soon melt away to reveal an eternity of joy.  Lonely nights filled with tears will seem like a blink compared to our next life with Christ.  The painful words by a “friend” that hurt so deeply in that moment will be an afterthought when we hear the words “well done good and faithful servant.  Come and enter your rest.”  

So hang in there. 

Keep fighting.  Keep pursuing God.  Keep being an example to your friends and family.  Continue to shed Light in this dark world.  Keep giving more of yourself than you ever have before for the sake of Christ.  

And don’t worry about the earthly cost, because at the end of it all the payout is worth the investment.

 

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