The problems you had before salvation, are going to still be there many times even after salvation. In all seriousness, what do you know in this life that just takes minimum preparation, dedication and a genuine lack but still breeds success? I can’t think of much either! There seems to be some misconception, that just because a sinner accepts Christ as their savior, automatically everything will be “Happily ever after” as a fairy tale would suggest.
Some even seem to hope that just because their a believer of many years, that they will always get exactly what THEY want from God…Not going to happen! Regardless of whether we think God is showing partiality by letting us “Go through it” while seemingly allowing others to be blessed on mountain high, is a mute point. God is just in every way possible and if He can’t fix it, it just can’t be fixed. So obviously we need to understand that not everything in God is instantaneous as it concerns us Christians….Sorry!
Don’t for a second think that the deceitful things that you did to others in the past (before conversion) will just disappear as if it never happened. Yes, God will help us to find resolve in what ever capacity, but it doesn’t negate the fact that it still happened (what ever it was). Christ will forgive your sins, but that’s not to say those who you’ve wronged will.
Getting “Saved” doesn’t excluded anyone from paying back past debts or even creating new ones for that matter. The truth of the matter is that after one accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior, salvation is instantaneous (hence born again) and newness has set in. But there must be follow up! The single most important thing that new Christians DON’T do is continue onward in Christ and move forward. We must drop that notion that just because you sought the Lord for forgiveness once, that a free pass has been given to live any old way…..God forbid it!
The Bible gives us words like, “Persevere” and “Steadfast” which denotes that we must now stand strong in our faith and continue to steadily grow in the grace and knowledge of Him who saved us. Do not err with the notion that it will be easy (but it will be worth it) and without confrontation, challenge or even occasional failure or misunderstanding. Paul the Apostle himself endured many perils, but nonetheless stayed the path and fought the good fight of faith.
Over my 20 plus years of serving God, I’ve seen so many “Quick fix Christians” “Give Christianity a shot” as if it we’re some “Take it or leave it” past time thought. And unfortunately, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Well I tried being a Christian, but it didn’t work.” But in reality, I do wonder just how much effort was really put into such a life altering cause. Some really do find Christ, but after a few failures (lust) that were deemed insurmountable (sin), they just throw in the towel and call it quits. If a just man or woman falls, they ARE instructed to rise back up and go at it again.
So if you have the Prodigal son mentality of, “Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me” (even though it wasn’t time yet for me to receive) then good luck with that. In other word, WE DON’T KNOW MORE THAN GOD and we need to understand that being a Christian Just takes time & effort to perfect. Which also means that we WILL need others to help in that perfecting process, since now know it’s not always going to be quick. God bless!
Ecclesiastes 9:11I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.