Why me? Is one of the most commonly asked questions, and can often be grouped in two different scenarios: times of despair or unfavorable situations. Instead of it being an actual question meriting a response, it is generally a plea to other individuals or to God that they are facing a scenario or situation that they do not want to deal with.
A quick web search of the question why me, will yield over a billion different search results. Notably on the first page of results will also include references to why me is not the correct question that you should be asking yourself. Most of the responses deal with the hardship factor or the reality factor of worldly views.
The real problem with the question why me is that its people do not want to take the time to reflect on their relationship with Christ and their involvement with his Church. Instead of the why me it should be a moment in time where you pause to understand what is going on and put your trust in the Lord.
People that are experiencing hardship often think that others have an upper hand based on what the worldly view has taught them, which causes them to lash out at others instead of taking a moment to self reflect. We see this a lot in social media today where people complain about not having more money, fame, success, or even just what someone else has posted about online.
This concept is a problem because it does not show humility, James 4:10
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (NIV)
And in Luke 14:11
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (NIV)
Another common issue with the why me question, is the concept of it is not my job. Like many other things a lot of people today think that it is someone else's job to preach the Gospel, because they believe that is the sole responsibility of the preacher and no one else. The excuses range from the lack of knowledge or training to not having the time to do so.
As stated in 2 Timothy 4:(4-5):
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (NIV)
For those of you that are Christians, those that have responded to the Gospel according to the New Testament should be aware that your commitment that you made during your confession of Jesus and your baptism was only the beginning of your journey as a Christian, and not the end.
If you have not yet responded to the Gospel and you are questioning whether or not you should, that is where we have all started. Most of us can relate to struggles of daily living, and different situations that you struggle. However, for Christians that have responded to the call of the Gospel there is a silver lining that is always there.
As a Christian that is committed to the gospel the ultimate reward is not something that can be measured on earth. Living an eternal life in Heaven without suffering or shame is just one of the many advantages of being a Christian.
Because no matter what happens on this earth, we have a bright future to look forward to, and that is something that is not guaranteed by anything else. As long as we obey His commandments, if you feel that you have neglected your responsibilities or need prayers of the Church please come forward.
If you are not a Christian you have an open invitation to make things right. You must obey the Gospel call, repent of your sins, confess Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and be baptised.
As i mentioned earlier that is the first step to being a Christian and having hope of eternal life.
If that is something that you need to respond to please let us know.
By Michael John Marohn
Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®
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