The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love

 missionary in field

Peace Corps claim this slogan. Those in the Peace Corps don’t consider what they do as a “job”, it is their life. They don’t stop doing the things related to their job once they’re off duty. It becomes them. Other careers are similar in the fact that people become what they do. Preachers are preachers every day of the week, not just Sundays and Wednesdays. Teachers are teachers even at the supermarket. At first I thought being a Christian was a job. I had to do so many things in order to learn more about God and memorize Bible verses. Being a Christian is so much more than a job of memorizing and learning. God creates a new YOU. You actually become someone new, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

It is tough being a Christian because there are so few followers fighting against a real enemy. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4). It isn’t a common thing to persevere and wait during trial and problems yet that’s exactly what God tells us to do. Being a Christian is a lifestyle, not a job. It becomes who you are and everything you are about. When you live your everyday life, Christ is reflected. As you talk to others, as you work in your career, as you deal with family issues, as you watch television and listen to the radio, Christ is reflected. “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

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