Philippians 3:15-16 (NIV)
All of us who are mature should take such a view on things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
Striving to live like Christ can feel overwhelming at times. As believers we often try to live "the perfect Christian life" and it can be exhausting. There will always be Christians who are more mature, more knowledgeable of the Bible, and appear to be leading a "better Christian life" than we are. It can leave us feeling defeated, but it shouldn't, and Paul explains why.
Christian maturity means living according to what you have learned so far. As long as we are seeking Christ we are constantly growing, maturing and becoming more like Him. Jesus is constantly nudging us to grow in different ways, on an individualized basis. Not only does He point out the areas we need to change, He equips us with the strength we need to make that change. Everyone is working on a different area and maturing at a different rate. We are not instructed to try and become exactly like a Christian role model; we are instructed to seek Christ, listen to His voice and work each day to change a tiny piece of our heart to reflect Him.
As you strive to be more like Christ, think about the ways God has asked you to change. Have you been living up to what you have already attained, or have you been overwhelmed by the thought that there is too much to change? Today focus on one area and seek God for the strength to change that part of your heart, and you will see how God can transform you.
Lord, would you help me to live my life in a way that is honoring to you today? Speak to my heart and guide my decisions, words and actions today. Transform my heart to be more like Yours. Amen.
By: Carolyn Gordon