Put Em Up
The older I get and the longer I am a Christian, the more convinced I am that we really know less than we think we do.
I’m of the belief that we’re all just trying to figure things out, and that life is a long lesson we’re learning. Why is it that as years go by, we suddenly feel like we’re better than that young child who was struggling with sin, reaching out to God for help? Really, we’re still that kid, it’s just probably a new sin that we’re struggling with.
I used to believe that there were people that had it together. More together than I did. Maybe they had been walking with God longer than I had been and so that made them more immune to sin. “Look at the way they hold and carry themselves. They must be beyond such trivial matters as the sins of this earth.” How untrue is that though? The second we start to forget where or what we started from is the second we forget Who got us to where we are now.
Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
I have a new urgency to not forget what I’ve come from or think that I’m above others because I’ve conquered something, and to humbly remember Who has helped me become who I am now and continues to refine me.
Don’t get me wrong, we should be growing and changing, becoming more like Christ. We should be leaving past sins behind because He has helped us to conquer them. However, we have to remember the struggle, as well as, the victory, not to look down on the others still struggling, but to have grace extended to them. Not to think yourself better than.
The devil isn’t a human opponent in the boxing ring that you KO and doesn’t get back up. There are demons that come back stronger with other demons. We're in a very real danger if we put down the boxing gloves because that fight is over, and we're thinking ourselves better than the others we see in the boxing rings around us who are still fighting.
Is there something you used to do when you were a “Baby Christian” that you stopped doing because you’re better than it now? Praying? Reading the Word? Journaling?
Pick it back up!
Keep fighting the fight.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.