As we meditated on 1 John 4:1-11 last Sunday, here’s what I realized: Christianity is an uphill battle.
(I mean, it goes without saying. I just happened to have had a moment of spiritual consciousness.)
Think about it. If you perform a cost-benefit analysis of practicing Christianity—and I’m no economist—you would probably come to the conclusion that the costs of believing in a God that defies all logic should outweigh the benefits of it, from an earthly perspective. Why forsake your lusts? Why enslave yourself to a system where you’re riddled with doubt about eternity? It doesn’t make sense.
Why serve others when I can serve myself? Why sacrifice freedom when I can do whatever I want?
We forsake our bad habits, our temptations, our “Old Adam” because of Christ. We trade the Spirit of Falsehood for the Spirit of Truth; Christ has taken it to the cross and we are forgiven. We love because He first loved us.
We are all forgiven. We all have the Spirit of Truth. The Holy Spirit burns inside of us, desiring our desire. Once we recognize this, we begin to live the lives we were meant to live. We begin to prepare for eternity and Christ’s return to Earth.
But that doesn’t mean the Spirit of Falsehood doesn’t still beckon. And that’s why Christianity is an uphill battle.
In Christ and with the Spirit of Truth, we know and experience true freedom and true happiness; true humility and true love. When we remember this, when we are refreshed by His Word and in Holy Communion regularly, and when we drown that Spirit of Falsehood in Holy Baptism, we are experiencing the Spirit of Truth.