How many times have you heard somebody say, "The struggle is real?" Or maybe, like me, you've proclaimed the same on several occasions.
Calling attention to our life struggles has gone viral in the last decade or so. The Struggle is Real is plastered on all types of merchandise and social media: T-shirts, coffee mugs, computer stickers, memes and hashtags. We live in an it's-all-about-me society, so to capture the attention of people above everyone else's noise, we shout to the world, "Hey! Look at me! I'm struggling too."
Believe me. I get it. Life is hard. Circumstances can be unbearable at times. But, what if I told you there's a struggle we should not be weary about? One we should embrace everyday with the energy, power, and joy of Jesus Christ?
In Colossians 1:28-29, Paul explains.
Him [Christ] we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his [Christ's] energy that he powerfully works within me.(ESV)
What is the struggle Paul is alluding to?
- Proclaiming Christ
- Warning against the enemies of the truth
- Teaching the saints (followers of Christ) with all wisdom
- To present everyone mature in Christ