Romans 12:17-21

17 Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men.

18 If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men.

19 Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord.

20 But if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head.

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

- Romans 12:17-21 (ASV)

 

What Really Happens When You Become a Christian

I’ve been a Christian now for about eight years, and there is something that I have noticed during that time. So often when Christianity is getting painted to a person who doesn’t believe, it is painted as a magical potion that makes your life go splendid. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you’ll have no disease, no problems, plenty of money, a nice house, and be as comfortable as possible. But then something happens… life. Sure those first couple of months of being a Christian is fabulous, you’re in the honeymoon phase – everything poops rainbows and smells like lilacs.

After a while however the problems of life start to filter in, and those rainbow poops are actually just poops and those lilacs smell more like disappointment. I think so many people fall away from Christianity at this point because they feel gypped. They were sold a faulty bill of Mark 16goods. I can’t blame them. For years people tried to sell me that and I didn’t buy it. I saw it for what it was… a scam. I didn’t like scams, still don’t. So today I want to talk about what really happens when you become a Christian.

First of all let me clear something up. Christianity is not about comfort. If our savior was brutally beaten beyond recognition and then crucified, why would we expect anything less. Christianity is about being passionately in love with our Creator, and restoring this world to the way He originally intended it. It can be painful, brutal, and often times unfair. The world just seems to put a giant target on Christians. I’m not saying that we’re the only ones persecuted for our faith, but it does come with the territory. “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” – Matthew 10:16. Since I became a Christian I have gone through some of the hardest trials of my life. I have gone through homelessness, being fired because of my faith, losing everything, being abandoned by a church because of lies that were spread against me, sickness, frustration, etc. Most people’s jaws drop when they hear my full testimony. It has not been easy. In fact it has stretched me farther than I have ever thought possible. I’ve have truly learned the phrase that “in my weakness, Christ is made strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)”

Now that I’ve dropped an anvil of soberness on you, let me tell you why I stick with it. The trials/hardships/persecution, yes it is a part of Christianity. Christians have been dealing with it ever since it was birthed. However it is a small part. In fact, the Lord will use the hardships you face to give you express lanes towards upgrades in your life. Let me tell you what I have seen and experienced since I’ve become a Christian. Even though Christianity is not at all about comfort it is about something much grander – adventure! I’m just going to bullet point this for you, it’s going to go fast.

  • I have overcame things like depression, pathological lying, and poor self-image. Most people who meet me today would never guess that my past is what it is. That is how powerful Jesus is.
  • I have seen Jesus. Let me tell you – wrecked me (in the best way possible) for days.
  • I have prayed for a women and seen her arm grow an inch before my very eyes.
  • I have seen angels.
  • I went to Uganda (which God provided for) and was able to link Ugandan charities together which ended up in them building a five story, state of the art, high school/orphanage.
  • I myself have been miraculously healed of two diseases – have the medical documents to prove it.
  • I have an angel playing on a track of music I created – have the proof for that too.
  • I have seen gold dust appear out of nowhere.
  • I have seen women on the brink of suicide get healed of their depression in an instant.
  • I have started up companies that I never would have dreamed of.
  • I have travelled all over the United States (even when I had no money, somehow it was always provided for).
  • I have met with and ministered to top officials in China, the US, Uganda, and Mexico.
  • I have a strength, hope, joy, peace, and love in me that doesn’t quit.
  • I have seen 15 pounds of cancerous tumor disappear off a woman overnight.
  • I have become so totally obsessed and enthralled with my savior that I am constantly changing and becoming more like Him.

This is just a taste of what has happened over the past eight years of my life. See, the thing is, none of this would have happened without Jesus. Before I met Him I was planning on being a pediatric surgeon. I am a composer and a minister. My whole life is different, and it is fantastic! When I read His word I come alive. When I experience His presence I am reminded of the fact that I am free. I have no fears, thanks to Jesus. I have gained a greater capacity to love than ever before. I am far more creative, inventive, and excited about everything good.

You see, when you sign up to be a Christian, you sign up for the greatest adventure of your life. There will be challenges, but what great adventure story doesn’t have those? You will be a conquerer and an overcomer. You will experience life in ways that you didn’t even know existed. You will find greater purpose and meaning than ever before. There is a deepness in your core being that will come alive and it will be like a drug. You will find wholeness and freedom and grow in that every day for the rest of your life. God will show you and teach you unknowable things. Your life will be epic. It will be effective, and it will give glory to the Lord.

So for those of you who were sold “comfort Christianity” I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t exist. Christianity is an active faith, and in reading the Bible you quickly find out that nowhere is comfort mentioned. It is bringing the Kingdom of Heaven onto Earth, and growing closer with God in the process. “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.'” (Mark 16:15-18).