Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6 :34

Christians have been guilty of false advertising over the years. Become a Christian and all your worries will be over! Get right with God and everything will go well for you! If God loves you he will only allow nice things in your life!

The implication is that Christianity takes away trouble when actually that is not true; if anything, Christianity adds another layer of concerns on top of life. Instead of just worrying about how our thought/word/deed affects us and the people around us we now have concerns over how God is affected? Read Jesus words above and you will see that he was quite clear his followers would experience more than enough challenges on any given day.

It is worth noting this comes towards the end of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus had presented a very different kind of manifesto to the people. He didn’t sugar-coat what it meant to follow him. There would be persecution of his followers, you were expected not to retaliate or hit out and you were expected to mirror the kind of life Jesus lived. None of which would be easy.

Since then each generation of followers have discovered for themselves the cost of Christianity. Yet a cost each one has determined is worth paying.

Prayer: Father, forgive me when I belittle my faith. Forgive me when I make this faith worthless or shirk back from living the kind of live you have asked me to live.

Action: No action today. Today is a day of REST!

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Thought for the Day – 4th July

‘Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them.