People have this theory that everything just gets better once you get saved. They think it’s just an overnight transformation into the best life ever. Don’t get me wrong, life with Christ is great but everything isn’t just peaches and cream. You’re gonna go through things and not everything will be easy. One thing I can say though is that being saved is worth it. When I think of the saved life, I think of it as a process. A process is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. You never really reach your destination, you will continue to grow and God will continue to mold you into the person He created you to be. The particular end can either be heaven or hell, but we want to achieve heaven. Another word to describe it is pruning. Pruning is an essential gardening skill. When you prune correctly, you encourage healthy growth and flowering, as well as good looks. Most people think they’re good people, they look good on the outside, but what does their heart look like? (Proverbs 16:2- All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.) (Jeremiah 17:10- Only the Lord knows! He searches all hearts and examines deepest motives so He can give to each person his right reward, according to his deeds—how he has lived.)
(Matthew 21:18-19- In the morning, as He was returning to Jerusalem, He was hungry and noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs, but there were only leaves. Then He said to it, “Never bear fruit again!” And soon the fig tree withered up.)
The reason Jesus cursed the fig tree was because it wasn’t doing what it was supposed to. They’re supposed to be bear fruit and that tree wasn’t, so Jesus cursed it. Now let’s think about us, that’s the same thing that happens to us when we’re unfruitful. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (Galatians 5:22) Fruitful means producing good or helpful results; productive. How can we be productive during our walk without the fruits of the spirit? God doesn’t need us and if we’re not going to do His will, He will cut us off from Him. (Matthew 3:10- “And even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised to chop down every unproductive tree. They will be chopped and burned.)
Jesus was about His Father’s business at a young age, Jesus fasted and was tempted, Jesus had to go and make disciples, Jesus prayed for God’s will and Jesus died on the cross. Jesus’ whole life was a process.
(Hebrews 5:12-14- You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead you have dropped back to the place where you need someone to teach you all over again the very first principles in God’s Word. You are like babies who can drink only milk, not old enough for solid food. And when a person is still living on milk it shows he isn’t very far along in the Christian life, and doesn’t know much about the difference between right and wrong. He is still a baby Christian! You will never be able to eat solid spiritual food and understand the deeper things of God’s Word until you become better Christians and learn right from wrong by practicing doing right.) There’s nothing wrong with being a baby Christian when you first come to Christ, but it’s not good for you to remain stagnant. The reason some people are stuck in the same place is because they’re not ready to do what God has called them to do or let go of things that God has told them to let go of. Sometimes we feel like we’re not good enough for what God has called us to do. “I’m not good enough” “I can’t do that” etc. If God has called you to do something you are good enough and you can do it. God wouldn’t tell you to do something that you’re not capable of doing. Don’t run away from your God given purpose.
Jeremiah said that he was too young, but God put His words in his mouth. If Jeremiah was only a young boy, then what’s stopping us? The things you’re holding onto that’s hindering your walk with God, let them go. Ask God to remove anything/anyone in your life that’s hindering your walk. Ask God to deliver you from anything that you’re struggling with and help you no longer desire to do it. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to let go of milk and move onto spiritual food. (Colossians 3:5-8- Away then with sinful, earthly things; deaden the evil desires lurking within you; have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires; don’t worship the good things of life, for that is idolatry. God’s terrible anger is upon those who do such things. You used to do them when your life was still part of this world; but now is the time to cast off and throw away all these rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing, and dirty language.) It’s time to obey the Holy Spirit. Salvation doesn’t just benefit us, we get saved so that we can help others. Trust the process and allow God to mold you into the person He created you to be.