I note a repeated column (with a new heading) in the September NZ Baptist. So much of life is repeat stuff. Sometimes it appears as something new, but it turns out to look like more of the same.
I go to church and observe sometimes that the “saved” behave as badly (on occasion) as the world about them. So, are Christians faking their salvation – living just the same only under a new heading, living a lie?
Philippians 3:12 says: “I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize.”
I guess we can’t be perfect, yet, but when we trust in the gift of salvation from Jesus – where Jesus overlooks our short-comings – is a pretty good position to find ourselves in. It is a wonderful thing called God’s grace – something we should all dwell upon more.
Romans 11:6 says: “This happened because of God’s undeserved kindness and not because of anything (we) have done. It could not have happened except for God’s kindness.”
Now, if you were wondering how we can call it good news, just think how it changes things not only for yourself, but also that friend who is not a “churchy.”
That is marvelous news!
– Trevor Wright