Is your walk with Christ perfect? If you’re anything like me probably not.
Living in the world of flesh is difficult. Our flesh wars against the Spirit of God that dwells in those who have accepted Christ, encouraging us to indulge in our passions/desires over the better things of God. It can be easy to get caught up in our desires and allow ourselves to become corrupted by sin, but we don’t have to stay that way. Those who follow The Way of Christ know the way to restoration and forgiveness – acceptance of the salvation offered through Christ’s death and resurrection to life. When are committed to following Christ, including diligent study of YHWH’s Word, prayer, worship and service to the Lord, we can be confident of God’s promise to transform us into the image of Christ (2 Corinth 3:18; Psalm 84:7; Romans 8:29). You may not be perfect in your walk today, but you are being transformed and perfection is coming as long as you remain in Christ (John 15:1 -8).
Can you imagine if the story of King David would have ended when he murdered Bathsheba’s husband to hide her pregnancy? Man would have certainly condemned him, but God said this is not the end (2 Samuel 11 – 12). What about Peter denying Christ to the Romans in the midst of Christ’s trial? Man would have said Peter was unworthy because he denounced Christ in His darkest hour (Luke 22:34; John 18: 15-27); but God said NO! Peter is My rock, I have called Him and I know his end from his beginning (Matthew 16:18). God told Joseph he was going to make his brothers bow down to him and the next thing you know Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers (Genesis 37), THEN falsely accused of rape and thrown in jail (Genesis 39)! By all accounts, it looked like Joseph’s “little dream” was just an illusion…but fast forward a bit and we find God did exactly what He promised (Genesis 41). Joseph was over the entire land of Egypt and His brothers did indeed come and bow down to him (Genesis 42 – 45).
Looks can be deceiving, especially in this world where everything we see is perception (John 7:24; 2 Corinth 10:7). What you look like today is only a reflection of who you are eternally in Christ (1 Corinth 13:12) — and I say who you are, because it’s already done (Hebrew 10:10, 14); we’re just in the process of realizing, accepting and walking in it.
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” -1 John 3:2
You are called. You are loved. You are a child of God. Don’t let anybody tell you different.
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