I saw a meme on Facebook a while back that laid out the 5 things every Christian should know. I liked what I saw and thought I’d make my own graphic and discuss the points made.
As Christians, I think many people have the impression that everything should be smooth sailing because of their faith. Not so. Your faith makes things possible. It means you know there is a bigger picture.
It means you know that God is walking with you every step of the way.
So, what are these 5 things every Christian should know?
1. The Road is Hard
That’s right. Just because you have accepted Christ does not mean that you will never have anything bad happen to you. What it means is that you can rely on Him to see you through these hard times. You can look for the lessons those hard times teach you and you can know that no matter what, “All things work for the good for those who love Him.” (Romans 8:28)
2. Temptation will come
Don’t think that just because you’re a Christian, you’re beyond temptation. Temptation is a part of life and I have an opinion that for some people, once they have embraced a life of Christianity, that temptation seems to be more prevalent. Maybe it’s because we notice it more and recognize it for what it is … sin. I’m not sure, but I do know that we must fight the temptations that are put in our way. And know that if you fall, you ask God for forgiveness, pick yourself up and try to do better from that point forward. He does not ask us to be perfect, only Christ was perfect here on earth. However, we can do our best and learn from our struggles. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
3. Life is short
Nothing lasts forever. Not good times. Not bad times. And life certainly doesn’t last forever … at least until you get to heaven. You should embrace the important things in your life. Your husband, your children, your parents, your family, your friends. Tell those you love that you love them every day. Show them. Don’t make them guess about your feelings. You do not ever want to regret or question if those who you love knew you loved them. Make this a priority. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – (1 Corinthians 13:13)
4. Eternity is for Real
Eternity is a hard concept for us humans as we are very time-centered creatures. Have you ever really tried to visualize eternity? It makes my brain hurt! However, we know that we are promised an eternity in heaven with Christ and it is for that eternity we should strive for and not the acceptance of those here on earth. Sometimes that is not an easy life to live. However, it is important that we love Christ, more than we love the world. “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19)
5. People are not perfect
No one is perfect. Not your fellow Christians and not anyone you know. We all are sinners. I have said this before in one of my blog posts, but until I had my daughter (oldest child), I really had no concept of unconditional love. Oh, I knew my parents loved me unconditionally; however, it was not until I held my daughter in my arms that I really understood how deep that love was, or what unconditional love really is. And once I had my other two children, I had some inkling of how God loves all of us here on earth. Because all three of my children have different personalities and I love all three of them unconditionally. I may not be happy with all of the choices they make, but there is nothing they could ever do that would make me not love them. That is how I believe God loves every person on this earth. He may not be happy with the choices we make in our day-to-day lives, but I believe he never stops loving us. Therefore, I personally try and live my life by the creed Christ taught us –> “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John13:34)
So, these are the 5 things every Christian should know. Do you agree? Disagree? What 5 things do you believe every Christian should know?