About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
Cost Of Living
"cost of living" is an economic term that denotes the
financial cost of simply staying alive, and in today's economy, staying
alive is costly. On his 2015
"Some folks don't like workin' hard
present Covid crises being dealt us is revealing some unhealthy and
unbiblical responses by some Christians who claim Jesus will prevent
them from getting sick. They
live without restraint as they flaunt what I call a faulty faith.
Present trends, history, and Scripture do not support this
Christians are being infected with Covid just like non-Christians.
Historically, the saved have felt the pains of life alongside the
saints suffer from our fallen world just as much as sinners.
The rain falls on both the righteous and unrighteous (Matthew
5:45). A hurricane doesn't
skip over the sanctuaries of the sanctified.
effects of humanity's expulsion from the Garden of Eden have dealt us all
a bad hand we are forced to play, and play we will until creation passes
away (Revelation 21:1). We're
left as being fallen people being dealt fallen hands from a fallen
world. The title of Lynn
Anderson's 1970 hit song "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden"
expressed this correctly. Neither
our present reality, history, Scripture, nor Jesus Himself, promises a
fragrance-filled life of roses. Jesus
actually promised the opposite, as seen in John 16:33.
have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this
world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the
all you want, but I doubt you will find that promise in any Biblical
fallen world has dealt us a hand of decay that leads to death.
In scientific terms, it's called "entropy."
All of creation, therefore, waits with eager expectation for its
release from the bondage to death and decay (Romans 8:18 - 21).
Until that day comes, saints will suffer alongside sinners.
Anyone claiming sufficient faith to be released from this bad
hand of bondage prior to Liberation Day has a misguided and faulty
Whatever hand our fallen world deals us, we play it with grace and wisdom that the peace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit provide. It's just the cost of living that everyone pays.