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Bunyan’s Way, My Way, Your Way

21 Aug

My church is showing the movie The Pilgrim’s Progress next Friday and I plan not to miss it. The movie is based on the widely acclaimed Christian book written by John Bunyan with the same title written almost five hundred years ago. Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress during his time in jail in the 17th century. He was imprisoned because of his faith but he did not let steel bars silence him. His book is an allegory of a man named Christian and his long journey to heaven. It’s a very interesting story and I encourage you to read it (or at least watch the movie).

I think there are many different, but equally valid, ways to view the Christian life. For example, John Bunyan viewed the Christian walk as a life-long journey on the path of righteousness. For him, and probably for many, Chrisitanity was/is all about staying on that path, not getting sidetracked and staying focused on the prize that lies at the end of the road. Others may view Christianity as a constant renewal of the mind every moment of every day with the Word and prayer.

The way you think of Christianity or the metaphor you use probably depends on your personality and your character.

As for me, I can’t help but think of Christianity as a new battle every day. Every morning when we wake up, God lets us live to see another day filled with temptation and sin and every night when we go to sleep, we regain strength for the next day’s battles. There are two reasons why I view Christianity this way.

  1. Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
  2. Mark 1:35 “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”

His graces are new every morning. Why? Because we need them to get through the day, to stay focused on God, on Christ and on the gospel to not fall in our spiritual battles. Every single morning when we wake up, His mercies are there. Why do you think that Jesus got up early in the morning to pray? Because he needed God’s help and strength to get through his day. Jesus knew he was going to face adversity from the pharisees. He knew people didn’t want him to preach, but that was his daily battle. That was his ministry. That was his calling. How could he not fulfill his calling without preparing himself with God’s mercies every morning by going to the Word and in prayer? How can we fulfill our calling without strengthening ourselves at the beginning of every single day?

Viewing Christianity as a daily battle appeals to me because it helps me remember what I must do as a disciple of Christ Jesus. It’s fine if the whole “daily” idea does not appeal to you. I don’t think there is a right and wrong on this subject, different methods appeal to different people. So whatever your method is, just make sure it works.

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“Even If They Kill Me…”

27 Feb

I was at the computer today doing my daily routine when I stumbled upon a video on YouTube. This video brought me to tears. It shows Christians in India and how they are hated and beaten by the Hindus. This is happening all over the world, not just in India. In fact, by the time you finish reading this post, at least one Christian will have been martyred in the world.

Please watch and see how it is to truly be like Christ.

“Even if they kill me, I am not going to leave Jesus.”

This sentence brought me to tears. This boy was clearly about to cry as well as he recounts the events that transpired at his church which was burned while his pastor was being beaten. And we’re too tired to wake up Sundays to go to the house of God? We’re too busy with our homework and housework to pray? We North-Americans have Christianity all wrong. We’re too caught up in winning a life for ourselves that we have no idea what it’s like to fully depend on God for our lives. These Indians can’t walk down the street without fear of losing their lives, but they will never leave Jesus. This little boy probably glorified God with those words more than any of us have since the beginning of the year. He’s truly showing the right way to live, putting  Christ above all things every day. What are you doing for God today?

“I have forgiven them, let them be blessed.”

Not only are these people faithful to God and His promises, but they bless their enemies. Those who take bats and beat them and kick them and punch them, they bless. Those who burn their churches, burn them alive and cut them into pieces, they bless. With every one of those blessings, they punch the devil in the face. Satan thinks that he can rock their faith with this persecution, but it’s only making their faith stronger.

These martyrs are literally taking up their cross and dying alongside Jesus Christ every day, but as Paul says, they “rejoice in their sufferings” and count it a joy and honor to suffer like Jesus Christ. In the end, God is glorified, and in this, I rejoice.

May this challenge you to step up and be the disciple whom you were called to be. These Christians are dying and hurting every day. Why is it that we only think of how the world is hurting when something like the earthquake in Haiti happens. God’s children are hurting every day while we listen to our worldly music and waste our lives in front of technology. Pray for them to have boldness and to not stop preaching the gospel even in the midst of this suffering and pray for us to realize this truth every day and to live radical risky lives for Jesus Christ.

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3

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