Anyone seen the movie The Dark Knight? You know, the movie where Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Heath Ledger as the Joker?
Why so serious?
So, there’s one thing you need to know about Batman–he will not kill. It’s his only rule and he refuses to compromise on it. In The Dark Knight, the Joker puts Batman to the test on this. The whole movie, Batman had several opportunities to kill the Joker, and all the madness would have ended–but then what Batman have become? The same thing Joker was–a villain. And Batman actually came close in one scene–watch below.
But Batman refuses to compromise, even when he has people dying all around him because of that decision, he stays the course. He and Harvey Dent even shared a significant loss of someone they loved in the movie, but the way they handled that guilt was different for both of them–Harvey gave in to his grief and realized that staying the course and doing the right thing was not worth any of the sacrifices and seemed pointless, whereas Batman used his grief to stay on track and finish the job without compromising his values.
So, here’s a question–how many times, in your walk with God, have you given in to something because it was the easier road? Or it seemed easier?
We come across decisions, circumstances, events, losses, gains, etc. where one way was extremely difficult but the other one was extremely easy but you had to sacrifice something in your spiritual walk to achieve it.
I’m not saying that all easy roads are like that, but the majority are. God wants to put you through the fire, He tests your faith because He knows you’ll come out on the other side without having given in, God does not tempt us with evil, but rather He can bring us to face those things down.
Take the example of Christ–he was faced with two roads several points through his trial in which he could have recanted everything he had said about himself and taught others. But Jesus willingly went into that fire because of what he saw set before him–that he would be glorified, sat at the right hand of the throne of God, and have achieved the redemption of mankind from sin and Satan.
Compromising on our faith is an extremely slippery slope. It always starts with something small and innocuous, but can grow into something that will have you trapped. And it can eventually kill you both physically and spiritually.
Righteousness is not something we can have or sustain on our own. It’s impossible because of our sinful selves. We try to do it on our own, and we fail. Scripture teaches us that there is not a SINGLE righteous person in this world, and that we can only be righteous if we accept the gift of salvation that Christ offers through his death and resurrection. It’s his blood, his death, his resurrection that does all that–NOTHING WE DO CAN EVEN MATCH IT.
Once again, I will use a fellow friend’s and blogger’s story. I refuse to use mine because I have a problem with pride, so when it comes to using examples of walks with Christ, I use and uplift others because it helps to remind me to stay humble.
The WordPress site is BeautyBeyondBones, check it out. I have had the privilege of getting to know this young lady through her writings and I am extremely humbled by her own life lessons and walk with Christ. I don’t know her personally, but the life-giving power that Christ can give is evident in her life. God has brought her through some painful times and she is extremely stronger and wiser because of what God has done in her life. I am extremely honored and blessed to be following her and learning with her on her personal walk.
Romans 8:13 says that if we live according to the flesh, we will die, but if by the Spirit we put to death the deeds of the body, we will live.
This is an EXTREMELY important verse. Paul wrote that to believers, not unbelievers. It’s not works based, but if you call yourself a follower of Christ and are playing around with things that Scripture has called sin–you are in a very precarious position. Don’t play games. Christianity is not a game, it is a spiritual life or death match that you are playing with and you are covered in gasoline.
So, please, be like Batman–walk through the hard times, keep your eyes on the prize that is Christ and the gift of eternal life that he offers.