You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. –Psalm 16:11
Every Christian is called both to something and away from something else. A Christian is saved unto God and away from his bondage to corruption–unto holiness and away from sinfulness. We are saved into a royal priesthood and away from the cares of this world. If you are a Christian who is truly redeemed and born again you are commanded,
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. –Romans 12:2
Despite the commandments of God, do you ever find yourself begrudging your past life, perhaps even feeling regret that there were some sins you did not have a chance to commit? Do you ever feel burdened with all you have lost for sake of Christ?
Hopefully, you do not constantly regret this Christian life. If you invariably feel hindered by the faith, I would beckon you to examine yourself to see if you truly are born again. The Christian should not regret missing out on sins they did not commit. True believers should be at peace with losing the fleeting pleasures and temporary affections this world has to offer. However, sometimes we fall into moments of sinful thinking.
At times, we may feel the sting of losing things we once held dear. Lost friendships, lost family members, and lost opportunities can cause the saint of Jesus Christ some heartache. Because sin still dwells in our mortal bodies, we are still tempted with idolatry. We are shaken by the attacks of the devil and we take our eyes off the promises of God’s Word. We forget the joy that we have in the Lord now and the future joy and glory that is to be revealed at the Lord’s coming.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” —Romans 8:18
Paul was a man who truly embodies the call for believers to be set apart. From 2 Corinthians 11-12, he speaks of all he endured for Christ. Paul endured pains and loses. Paul lost his status, his riches, all his potential, He was beaten and slandered. Paul endured many sufferings yet he proclaimed,
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Brothers and sisters, I want to encourage you to lift your eyes to Christ. Look at his beauty and splendor. He is the reward for all those who believe in Him. He is the one who gives us eternal life (John 6:37-40). He is the one who reconciles us to the Father (2 Cor 5:18-20). Does not Christ promise to those who place their trust in Him the inheritance of His heavenly kingdom? Brothers and sisters, you have the privilege of adoption to the family of God (Romans 8:15), and you are heirs with Christ (Titus 3:4-7).
In your times where you are tempted to disdain your salvation, remember this: if you have placed your faith in Christ, you have been transferred from the domain of darkness into the Kingdom of Christ (Col 1:13). Even now while we are on earth, you are in a far better position than those who are gaining all the riches of this world. The Fathers steadfast love is set on you while this world continues to rack up their debt to God, earning for themselves His just punishment in the fires of hell.
Be of good cheer, repent of feeling ashamed of the gospel, and keep fighting the good fight.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. –Romans 1:16