The Adventure and The Climb!
Don’t doubt God has a plan for your life. (Romans 8:29 “Them He did foreknow…)
More significantly, God has a plan for the entire Body of Christ and world as a whole (Revelation 17:17).
Sometimes unpleasant circumstances take place before God’s purposes reach fruition (Genesis 15:13-16).
During such campaigns the saints can sometimes endure great struggles and persecution and even death for God knows the greater good and sometimes we are His tools.
For example, groups of Christians were tortured in the Roman Empire’s Gladiatorial games where many Christians bravely faced death for their faith. As a result, thousands of Romans citizens and slaves experienced a profound calling towards Christ, Christianity and of course salvation. Point to be taken: for the loss of a few hundred Christian lives – thousands of formerly damned citizens received Christs and as a blessed result – eternal-life!
God moves in mysterious and even strange ways sometimes. Humans seldom fully comprehend God’s true and full purposes or methods.
As Christians, we are not guaranteed a pleasant physical existence on this earth (I know many false teachers have blathered to say it is so). Rather, we Believers have a higher calling and are therefore guaranteed a glorious eternal-life, one devoid of shame or suffering in the hereafter. Unfortunately, sometimes that means we need to meet that higher calling at the expense of our physical happiness or well being. This life we currently experience is merely a temporary journey (We are aliens in a foreign land 1 Peter 2:11-12).
So, we must climb the proverbial mountain of life because we are called by God to climb. Climbing this mountain is the means by which we grow into the men and women of God we are supposed to become.
- The climb is an act of faith in our call as men and women who live for Christ.
- Should we slip, fall or even bust our butts falling down in the muck and mire of this life’s journey we learn to get back up again and continue on our climb.
- It’s okay if we must take a few moments to recover.
- It is okay if we become discouraged.
- We will eventually get back on our feet and continue the climb.
- As long as we keep getting up and continue the climb we grow.
- The only way we can fail… is if we cease to honestly try and get back up.
- Even then the Lord helps us get back on our feet.
- We keep climbing – truly trying – for this is the exercise of our spiritual muscles and eventual great faith.
- Simply telling everyone you will climb may encourage you, but it is not a great act of faith.
Remember, God has a plan for your life no matter what it may look like through your eyes at this time.