Following on from last week here are some further thoughts…..
So if we are more than ‘sinners saved by grace’ why is it that we struggle with being called ‘saints’?
Here are three possible reasons:
- We look the same – we have not been noticably transformed or are identifyably any different, we don’t suddenly have ‘halos’ or possess a ‘holy auror,’ or walk around 6 inches off the ground.
- We don’t necessarily feel like it. We have some measure of a ‘born again’ experience. I say some measure, because for some it’s more dramatic than others, yet no less real – some can name a date, for others it happened over a period of time and they are not sure when they actually crossed the line; for some it was a dramatic experience, for others it wasn’t…..
- We still find ourselves struggling with sin. I mean if I am a new creation why is that? Perhaps you think, what changed? Did anything change?
If we are to move forward it helps us to remember something of how life works in both the natural and the spiritual:
- In some ways becoming a Christian is a bit like moving from one country to another and then becoming a citizen of that country. You may well take on the new identity but you you still have memories and thinking patterns that reflect your previous history or citizenship.
- Then there is the matter of growth in knowledge and understanding. A child doesn’t understand immediately who he or she is, but over a period of time learns who they are, and grows into it.
- Then theres the not so small matter of experience. It’s not just knowledge and understanding but the working out of it through decision and action. Such decision making and action can confirm or work against our knowledge of who we are.
- Lastly Christians are in a ‘war zone’ and the enemy will contest everything. Even as Satan confronted Jesus as to who he was, so he will confront those who believe in and seek to follow him.
Where are you on the spectrum?
Have you crossed the line into the kingdom? If not I urge you to believe in him who lived and died that you might have a new identity, and know the power of the life to come.
Are you still a babe in Christ? It’s time to start growing – feed on him and his word; draw on the new life he has given you.
Are you taking responsibility for your decisions and their consequences? It’s time to start behaving as well as believing.
Are you caught in the battle, your shield is down and you’ve dropped your sword – it’s time to pick them up again and start fighting for your spiritual life.
Have you dropped out of the battalion – the local church – you need to get back into it, find your family and fellow soldiers.