What’s that you say? We can’t rid ourselves of all sin?! Nor even of our sinful tendencies? I don’t like the sound of that. Is that the truth? Really? So what do you suggest Christians do in the light of this clear Biblical reality? (1 John 1:8ff)
Isn’t it true that we’re capable of so many different responses to our own sin? Disappointment, bitterness, shock, anger, shame, guilt, wallowing, frustration, self-loathing, helplessness, trying to hide, rationalization, despair and on and on. But even after we have run the whole gamut of possible responses, we still have to face this terrible reality about our lives in a fallen world like this. We are never going to be sinless in this lifetime. There has only ever been One Who was.
So…are Christians kidding themselves? Are we simply denying the inevitable? If we can’t consistently claim new ground for Christ in our lives daily what are we doing?
I have been young and now I am old. I can honestly tell you that if my 45 years as a Christian were to be plotted on an X and Y axes graph, it would not reveal a steady, unbroken, upward line toward Christ-likeness. No! It would be a mess of points placed all over all four quadrants. I’m not at all pleased about that, but I need to speak truly.
So, tell me, am I self-deceived? Should I just quit trying? Or am I perhaps not trying hard enough? What would you say to a Christian who is so thoroughly disgusted by her/his own lack of progress in becoming more like their Master? (I’m wanting to hear from you, if you have the time to give this some thought-then I’d like to say more about our struggle.) What do you think?
While you are thinking about this (and since I just can’t end, even temporarily on this sort of note), think of how He smiles on His children, through it all, and enables them to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory!