Some Things You Miss By Being A Christian
Several people will dismiss the idea of becoming a Christian because of all the things they would have to give up doing, saying, and being. It was a problem the rich young ruler had when he met Jesus in Luke 18:18-23. There are some unbelievers who will remark to Christians in a way to tempt them saying, “Look at all the things you miss by being a Christian.” What are we missing by being a Christian?
BEING ON YOUR OWN. All those who are not serving God are on their own. The “face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1 Peter 3:12). If you are not a Christian, you are probably experiencing some difficulties and consequences from trying to be your own god. You are your own guidance and strength., whereas the Christian has One greater than him to whom he can go for guidance and strength. Those who are “without God” are also without prayer on their own. They cannot pray to themselves when there is adversity or sorrow, and neither can they pray to God.
THE PAIN OF SIN. Trying to heal yourself and “lick your wounds” from a transgression you made never hals when you treat it with anger, blame, disgust, or rationalization. Those who refuse to become Christians find themselves wallowing in the filth and mire of sin and its horrible consequences (Romans 1:21-32; 3:10-18). In an effort to deal with their pain, some have decided drugs and alcohol are “cures” for the “common malady”. Those efforts have only led to disease, death, and daily anxiety. The Christian misses all of the social diseases and painful trauma which comes from a lifetime of living in lust and greed. Is it worth the pain? Are the problems of sin worth sticking with it?
SEPARATION FROM GOD. Man’s separation from God is clearly seen in Isaiah 59:1,2: “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” Being separated from God, a sinner misses out on all that is good, whereas by being a Christian, a believer misses out on all that is evil. A person who lives in the bondage of sin suffers from a deep sense of unfulfillment, emptiness, and aimlessness. Being a Christian, you miss out on the loneliness of having to deal with your own problems.
Hell is that ultimate separation, which a faithful Christian will miss. The torment, anguish, burning, darkness, poverty, and agony will be missed by the Christian. As a sinner, are those things something you are anxiously anticipating?
What a sinner misses is help to avoid sin, prayer, the providence of God, freedom from the shame and hurt of sin, hope, joy, love, peace, and the guidance of God’s word. Choose you this day to serve Jehovah (Joshua 24:15). It is your duty to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). What you may think you will miss by being a Christian cannot truly compare to the things you will miss by not being a follower of Christ.