Should Christians Ever Just Tolerate Life?

When was the last really bad day you had?  Perhaps it was recently and the effects are still lingering or maybe it’s been awhile and things are hunky-dory right now.  Regardless, we all have those days when we think, “The faster I can go to sleep, the faster today will become tomorrow!”  Those are the days when we shift into survival mode so we can just get through it all.  On those days we try to at least tolerate life, because we can’t imagine doing any better than that.

I’m sure there are people reading this who have had far worse days than me, I certainly don’t want to belittle that reality.  We are sinful people living in a sinful world surrounded by other sinful people, so life can be brutal.  But if we are Christians, I know this for sure: our days are never as bad as they could be.  In fact, if we believe God, then we don’t really have bad days, we have good days that are harder than other good days.  Why?  Because God’s sovereign hand of goodness is behind every detail in your life.  This is true for us because we are united with Christ.  Paul says in Ephesians 2:5, “…even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ…  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  When we came to Jesus by faith, God bound us to his Son, and now God is always loving us as he loves Jesus.  God is always treating Christians on the basis of our union with Christ.  That means there’s not a nanosecond that goes by that God is not being gracious to you.  Think about it…  we should all be in hell right now for our innumerable crimes against God, but instead God has made us his sons and daughters.  Every day of our lives is a day when we have all of the astounding privileges of having our name changed from “Enemy of God” to “Child of God”.  With this new status should come a new appreciation for life, even the “bad” days.  To “tolerate” something is just another way of saying “putting up with”.  Can we truly honor God by just putting up with His glorious plan for us as his sons and daughters, even on the hardest of days?

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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