I have never met so many pansies in all my life than in the “professed church” of America. These are the kind of people who have no discipline, do not want to be shaken out of their comfy little lives, and have no perception of what it means to be a soldier for Christ at all. They don’t want to be “stressed.” They don’t want to experience anything that’s too “demanding” of them because, after all, they might have to change and grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18).
I bet our military, who serve our country and go off to basic training to prepare to go to war, experience a bit of “stress.” I even bet they have a bit of a demanding schedule, but oh no, not those that profess themselves to be Christians. They just want to live their own “stress free” lives as they travel the “wide road” in their “self-made” version of Christianity (Matthew 7:13-14). These people will go no further than where they are at right now. It’s like walking on a treadmill. You may think you are moving forward, but in truth, you will never go any further until you pass the last test the Lord put to you.
You see, rather than conforming themselves to the Word of God, they want to conform the Word of God to themselves. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 2:3 to “…endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
In fact, why in the world do you think the Lord told us to put on the Full Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)? It’s because He knew there was going to be a fight involved! We, as true Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, are fighting a spiritual battle every day!
I am tired of “cream puffs” in the church: The “fragile flowers” who don’t want their feathers ruffled and who are virtually good for nothing when it comes to the Kingdom of Heaven‘s sake. Just because they live “good lives” doesn’t mean they’re on the right path. Being “good” will not get you into Heaven. Living a “do-gooder” life is not going to get you into Heaven either. Fighting the “good fight of faith” every single day of your life and enduring all the trials, heartache, hardships, and more that goes along with this Christian walk as you strive to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven through faith in Jesus Christ and through repentance, is the only way to make Heaven your home in the end.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Always remember, our focus is on Jesus Christ and His sacrifice first and foremost, as we serve Him out of a heart of love.
This Christian walk is not easy. In fact, it is mostly hard and difficult and you will not be able to survive if you’re going to be a “cream puff.” Do not deceive yourself either into thinking that you are Heaven bound because you grew up in the church all your life or because you are “morally good.” There is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10).
We are called to be soldiers for Christ – not wimps! This Christian walk is a constant warfare – so, it’s time to man up (or woman up)! And remember, you will see the purpose for it all in the end.