Hardest Part of the Christian Life is the Easiest to Understand

I was talking with a brother about our upcoming discipleship groups. He mentioned that the material is not as doctrinally deep as he would have liked. Knowing how proud doctrine and knowledge once made me – I got his point! Not that he was being prideful, but I understood.

I thought about my own failings for a moment. Like a flashback in a movie that  takes the viewer through years in a few seconds – I thought about all of theological readings, seminary classes, etc. Despite my studies I was no champion over sin.

I encouraged my brother that these new discipleship groups will be a good thing for our walk with the Lord. We will learn to encourage one another on to good works, holy living and accountability. I said, “The hardest part of the Christian life is the easiest to understand. Think about it….”

Let me explain.

Every Christian may not fully understand the Trinity. They might not fully understand how Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man, born of a virgin who took the punishment for our sins upon the cross, and rose from the dead three days later defeating death.

Those doctrines can be hard to understand; harder for some than others. Yet, those doctrines are important. They are essential though not necessarily essential to fully comprehend.

Who can fully comprehend God?

I think the hardest part of the Christian life is not holding onto those beliefs by faith though not fully understanding. The hardest part of the Christian life is sinning every day while believing in the incomprehensible God and His doctrines.

Maybe you can’t fully explain the Trinity, but can fully explain that lust is wrong while still lusting. Maybe you can’t fully explain how Jesus took the punishment for our sins on the cross and His following resurrection. Yet, you know that unrighteous anger and worry is wrong while engaging in them daily.

Sin is one of the easiest things to understand in the Christian life, but the hardest to avoid.

Ironically, our sins point us back to the incomprehensible Savior, the God-Man, Jesus Christ who died on the cross for all who will believe in Him. Doctrine is more than intellectual propositions that Christians strive to get right; they are God’s revealed truth that should change our attitude toward sin and the way we live.

I still contemplate  why the hardest part of the Christian life is the easiest to understand.

But maybe I’m wrong.

Doctrine is the framework of life – the skeleton of truth, to be clothed and rounded out by the living grace of a holy life.
~ Adoniram J. Gordon ~

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ajay Pollarine December 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Well said homey.

2 theoldadam December 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm

You’re not wrong at all.

Sin is easy to understand and impossible to avoid. Although we might be able to avoid certain symptoms (sins)…we cannot avoid the disease, the condition…which is our bondage to ‘sin’.

3 Mark December 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

Ajay, thanks. 🙂

theoldadam, I agree that sin is impossible to avoid. I’m not even sure we Christians try hard enough to avoid it.


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