An easy life

Don’t we all feel that, every now and again, God could just give us a little break, make life a bit easier for us? We are, after all, His children, His heirs, the ones He chose. I know that I have often emphasized how hard times and trials are actually good for us. How we need to go through very challenging times in order to grow spiritually and to gain patience, understanding and character. We know all that, it’s just that life gets really hard sometimes. I was watching a video today where a speaker was saying that once we get saved, God doesn’t see us as we are anymore. He sees the blood of Jesus. When He looks at us, He sees Jesus. So would we be justified in saying that if God saw His only Son when He looks at us, He should give us a little more of what we want and a little less of what is supposed to be good for us.
Let us take a look at the life of Jesus. Maybe we will be able to understand better. After Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist, Jesus was taken to the wilderness where He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. This is Matthew 4:1-10. Then Satan came to Him and Jesus was firstly tempted by food. He was extremely hungry. How would you feel if you hadn’t eaten for almost a month and a half? The devil told him to turn stones into bread. There was certainly no reason He couldn’t do it, but He would not give in to the enemy. Every time that Satan tempted him, Jesus came back with an answer from scripture.
Then, of course, the chief priests and the Pharisees continuously questioned Jesus on His authority. He couldn’t go anywhere peacefully.
Matthew 12:9-13 gives the account of how Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. The Pharisees started to plot how to kill Jesus after this incident.
Matthew 12:22-24, Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
Luke 4:28 – 29, All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove Him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.
He was criticized over and over and over again for doing good. Eventually He was arrested, tried, found guilty without reason, tortured, humiliated and hung on a cross to die.
Now you tell me when last all these things, or any of them, for that matter, happened to you? Just think about is for a while. We are tempted, but not to the extent that Jesus was tempted. Most of us haven’t healed many people of the Sabbath, or any other day for that matter. And if we did, were we judged for doing it? And when was the last time you drove out a demon and your salvation was questioned? Maybe I shouldn’t ask when one of us was run out of town for our faith. Very few people have such assurance of their salvation that they are willing to die for it.
Jesus was confronted with all these things and many, many more in the space of three short years. God did not give Jesus an easy life while He was on earth. His only begotten son did not live in the lap of luxury or have everything that his heart desired. His blessings were truly all saved up for heaven. If Jesus didn’t have a ‘bed of roses’ kind of life, who are we to desire one?
I’m not saying that everything will always be a struggle, but I know that if we live according to what Jesus taught, we should be prepared to live the kind of life He did. I do know that if we do the things the way Jesus did them, we are also going to have blessing stored up for us in Heaven.

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