I don’t know if any of you are aware of this yet, but I’m about as far away from perfect as one can get. Despite my decision to follow Jesus Christ in every area of my life, according to the bible, I still find that I tend to be less than what I would consider “ideal” at this Christian thing. At any rate, I do try. And I know that God knows I’m trying. I’m okay with Him and that’s really what counts most, I guess.
Still…. something prompted this post and so I’ll continue.
In my past, I embraced sin wholeheartedly, even though I loved God very deeply. I didn’t understand the concept of “walk the talk” completely yet, and was also very confused about sin itself and what constituted sin and what didn’t. The bible clarifies a lot for us but there are still some gray areas in my mind even today. Nevertheless, people who do not believe, who dislike Christianity and Christians are watching us very closely; I am living proof of this.
I’ve had former email addresses stalked and investigated so that people could find out anything personal to use against me, to discredit me as a vocal, outspoken Christian. You see, if the stalker could troll up even one scandalous tidbit, he could use this forever to toss out at me and bring shame to my testimony. This person continues to do this to this very day, and unfortunately, despite knowing I’m forgiven for my past mistakes, I still feel shameful when they are tossed in my face again. So in other words, I am still living with the consequences of past sin.
Jesus Christ took our mistakes and errors upon Himself when He gave His life for us on that cross, but He doesn’t take away the earthly consequences and responsibilities we must endure. No, unfortunately, we are stuck with these for the rest of our lives.
We have become new creatures in Christ, but those who hate us and Christ can be relentless in using whatever they can find to torment us. Most people don’t realize the spiritual battle that is going on before our very eyes. Satan‘s time on this earth is short. He is being allowed free reign at the moment, but that won’t last forever. Those who are following him by default are looking for anything they can use to silence and ridicule us and our words about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I cannot escape the consequences of past sins, but I know I’m forgiven. I am living proof that the Christian can grow spiritually and change through out his or her Christian experience. Our spiritual lives are journeys toward becoming what God wants us to be so we can be used for the work of His Kingdom. Right now, that work involves telling other people about Jesus Christ and His precious gift of salvation; I will let nothing deter me from this, my primary task. No, I’m hardly perfect, and I have not been a perfect person who used perfect judgment in my past. I do thank God, though, that He is changing me into someone who is holy in His sight, through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.
- God Loves You! It’s As Simple As That (mylordisjesus.wordpress.com)
- “Judge Not: Jesus, Homosexuality, and the Bible” (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
- The Snowball Effect of Sin (dailybibleplan.com)
- Fighting for Purity (jasoncrandall.org)
- Fully Alive (myheartsmission.com)
- Now There Is No Excuse….. (jesusisms.wordpress.com)
- The Wages of Sin is Not Eternal Torment (truthinscripture.com)