Christianity seemed so easy when…our spirit of conviction was absent, or perhaps not as obtrusive.
It seemed easy when the preacher/prophet prophesied about the blessings and promises but neglected to tell us about the requirements, standard and integrity we had to maintain.
It seemed a breeze when nothing was required but your attendance,all you did was come to church, warm the benches and leave the same way you came. It was easy without any real sacrifices.
The truth is Christianity is not easy, especially when you stand for righteousness and are walking upright with the Lord.
Jesus said to us in Luke 9:23, whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Denying self requires us to give up anything that we would want or seek that would hinder our doing the will of God.
This does not mean that, if we want something, it is necessarily wrong. It means we must take our wants and desires down from the throne and place Jesus and His will as the governing power in our lives.
The Holy Spirit is the UMPIRE of our soul, he goes everywhere we go, he chastises, convicts and rebukes because of his love for us.
It’s time to listen to the umpire, that still small voice that we often overrule; it’s time to exercise self denial, temperance and obedience.
Righteousness gives us access to God. When we do right, or live according to the Gospel of Christ God’s eyes are over us, his ears are open to our prayers. (1 Pet. 3:12; Prov. 15:9).
Righteousness bears good fruit (Prov. 11:30). Righteous living is not only profitable to you, but to others.
You can win others to Christ through righteous living. Jesus taught that his disciples are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matt. 5:13-14). No money on earth can get us into heaven; this is promised only to the righteous!