Sad, Lonely, Busy, Broke & A Few Other Things You Don’t Have To Be

100218_lonelyChristian Spirituality promises an Eternal and Abundant Journey with Jesus. But as someone who is around Christians quite often, I can say that many don’t see it actualized. Many Christians deal with sadness, loneliness, overwhelming busyness, etc. It is not abnormal for Christians to deal with financial woes, relational struggles or spiritual hangups.

I wonder why.

It must be that although we are Christians, we aren’t necessarily the right kind of Christians. Don’t stop reading… I mean, we have the beginning of the relationship correct. But somewhere along the way, we mixed up the present day relationship with God.

So many of us understand GRACE at the point of conversion. We confessed our sinfulness to God, he forgave us, we were saved. Our place is set in heaven. Our name is written in the book of life. Our eternity is secure. We are a Christian.

But somehow we lost clarity as to how that affects our day to day life. You see, abundant life is not only a qualitative statement. It is also a qualitative statement. God is not only concerned about the length of our existence. He is also concerned about the quality of that same existence.

God is a God of blessing. Jesus is a savior of the whole life. You don’t have to be sad, lonely, busy and broke all the time. You don’t have to be angry, frustrated, insecure and worried.

You can follow Christ in each of those experiences. In each of those moments, you can find Him.

He will lead you through.

In fact, the experiences we face that sometimes result in those negative life altering emotions were intended to make us stronger.

Romans 5:3-5
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Here is a devotional by one of my favorite pastors, Rick Warren. See if his words are helpful to you.

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What Kind Of Peace Does Jesus Give?

December 25, , 2010 

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men! Luke 2:14 (NKJV)

  • Peace with God (spiritual) – “Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”(Romans 5:1 TEV).
  • Peace of God (emotional) – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).
  • Peace with each other (relational) – “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9 KJV).

“It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from – if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open”        (Acts 10:35 MSG).

A Prayer of Thanksgiving to God

“Because of Jesus, I now can live a life of joy, purpose, peace, and love.”

God, I have so much joy right now, knowing that you decided to send Jesus to earth so I could be saved from a life of hopelessness and sin and be a peacemaker for you. I recognize in this moment that you saved my life when you sent Jesus, and that because of Jesus, I now can live a life of joy, purpose, peace, and love. I hold onto that hope today. When I look at the world around me, I see so many people who are struggling with stressful, meaningless, chaotic lives without loving, caring relationships. That was my life before you saved me. To say I am grateful doesn’t begin to express what I am feeling. I just know I have a sense of meaning and peace I have never had before and could never get on my own strength – and I am full of amazing happiness.

I feel like celebrating right now, knowing that I am now on your side, instead of being at war with you. I know that with you I will never again be lost and alone. I am a new person today, and I recognize what I have just been given. I pray that, as I continue to grow spiritually every day, I will come to understand everything you have just accomplished in my life. By faith, I know I can trust you to be in my life today – and every day. I know I can count on you when things get tough, and knowing I will spend eternity in your presence gives me such hope!

Thank you, Jesus, for the peace you have given me. I pray you will use me as an instrument of that peace so I can help my family, friends, and the world in which I live. I feel so different right now, knowing that you and I are now OK, knowing I am on the road to a deeper understanding of what it means to live for an audience of one. I ask you to help me pray when I become upset so that I will have your peace in any situation I face – good or bad. Help me to get ready to help other people as others have already helped me. I want to make a difference in this world, and I want to help everyone I meet have the same hope I now have. I can’t do this alone, so I ask you to make me a peacemaker.

Thank you for loving me. Thank you for saving me. And thank you for giving me a peace I have never known before. May everything I do, from this day on, reflect these same qualities as I tell others what you just did for me. I am full of anticipation at the kind of life I can now live.

I love you, Jesus!

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