J. Vernon McGee wrote of an encounter that he had with a woman who shared with him, “Most Christians ought to have written on their backs, ‘This is not the best that the grace of God can do.’ “ This statement also made me think of another aphorism, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
Both quotations are sobering statements and a reminder to myself, that I am definitely a work in progress and I always will be. Although I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I still fall far short in many areas of my life, too often and too frequent than I want to think about or even acknowledge. I am embarrassed and disappointed to say that my life has not been a good witness for Jesus Christ. And if it were only up to my own efforts, my life would be futile and miserable.
But thanks be to God that He is faithful to keep His promises to me!
...being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…
The moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to indwell within us. And He begins to change us, sanctifying us, so that our character becomes more like Jesus Christ. Although I will never be perfect, I will look forward to the day when my old nature will not be in constant war with my new nature, as a child of God.
What the world sees of my life now is definitely not the best that the grace of God can do with me. He is changing me, transforming me, and sanctifying me. I would like to be convicted of being a Christian….guilty as charged. And by God’s grace and mercy and my obedience, that will happen.
Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.