Hello all, Andrew here with some uplifting thoughts for Wednesday Wisdom.
Sometimes, we need to refocus on our relationship with Christ. Jesus actually told the disciples to take up the cross daily, so we should really make realigning our hearts with the Gospel a prevalent pattern in our lives.
In Colossians 3:1-4, Paul encourages the church to do just that. He said, " If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."
In a perfect world, we would live in sync with God and worship Him incessantly. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world and must put up with the repercussions. We won't always make the right choices. We won't always have the right attitudes, we won't always say the right things. We will mess up. We will miss the mark. We will try. And we will fail.
And that's okay.
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him." John 3:17
The beauty of the Gospel is not that we are perfect human beings who do great things. The beauty of the Gospel is that God became a perfect human being to make a sacrifice for our imperfections. He was (is) the perfect one. Not us.
In Philippians, Paul talks about, "not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith" (3:9).
This verse makes a clear distinction between earning righteousness and receiving righteousness as a result of faith in Christ. This clarification is both reassuring and freeing.
He continues a few verses later, "Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil 3:12-14)
Recently, I watched a Denzel Washington movie where he encouraged a friend with the words, "Progress not perfection." My mind started reeling because I thought this sounded familiar. Aha, it was from the Bible. I thought it was pretty keen storytelling to include scriptural truth in an action movie, if that was the filmmakers intent.
All speculation aside, both Paul and Denzel Washington understood that we will never "arrive" in life. It's more of a continuum where the price has already been paid and we seek to be more like Christ with our time on earth. Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." That level of consistency is unfathomable to my feeble mind, but that's why He is God and we are not.
I hope that this was encouraging to you, fam. Let's move to a place of walking more consistently with God.
Until next time,
Andrew, Junior Blogger, Big Mac Enthusiast, Action Movie Fan.