This past weekend I spent some blessed time with my sister. She is the most down-to-earth individual I know. Erin can discern the truth about someone within minutes of conversing. There is no faking it around her.
One of my favorite moments in our conversation was our discussion about the Christian life. In my youth, it’s easy for me to see life as a blank canvas awaiting beautiful days. Sadly, this is simply not true. I believe John 16:33 (“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ESV) describes what we are to expect from life better than idealistic youth.
This wear and tear brought on by life reveals what Eugene Peterson says of every Christian: “All the persons of faith I know are sinners, doubters, uneven performers.” No one does the Christian life without some mess. Not the presidents of conventions and denominations, outwardly successful Christians, or even pastors. Our biggest heroes in the faith don’t have it figured out. We all swim in a sea of mishap, but some navigate it better than others on the outside.
Does your struggle make you less of a Christian than your brothers and sisters around you? Of course not. We are all plagued by a sinful nature that reveals itself at times. It may be compulsivity, anxiety, anger, etc.
The enemy wants you to think those characteristics define the depth of your understanding and relation to God. I beg to differ.
These internal battles keep us honest and humble before the Lord and others. They remind us that we are not complete in Christ until He glorifies us in the future. They make us relatable. They keep us genuine.
We’re all human. To be human is to struggle until Christ completes us. We have a lifetime of this. Let’s look forward with hope and endurance to the future when Christ will remove all that is old and will complete us to be one with Him forever.
Come back Friday when I share actions steps based on this truth.