February 5, 2014
Being Molded into Perfection
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Romans 7:15 (NASB)
For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.
In reflecting on the quality and precision build of this firearm, while contrasting the imperfections which I have experienced when using it, I am reminded of how similar this analogy is to the redeemed life given to those who surrender their sinful lives to Christ. I get this premium-grade piece of equipment and expect and assume it is going to work perfectly out of the box, and certainly it is not going to give me the same issues that other lesser quality firearms may produce. But yet I've had problems with it. And when I questioned the manufacturer about these hanging shells, they told me that I would need to continue to cycle shells through it to completely break it in, while a local outdoor sports store advised me that even though the firearm was designed for 3.5" magnum shells, that they might not cycle properly through it. Similarly, while we think that when we are given this new life in Christ, that all our 'hang-ups' and tendencies to sin disappear, this is obviously not the case either. Because just when we feel like we have 'this thought' or 'that action' under control, it rears its ugly head at the most unexpected and inopportune moments. But be assured of this - the reason we continue to sin is because we still have a sin nature; this is our default setting. This will be changed when we’re taken up to heaven, but until then, while the Holy Spirit helps to greatly reduce our willful acts of sin, we cannot eliminate sin altogether. In the meantime God, who knows all the sins of our life and has already forgiven them, chooses to see us as we will be after He has perfected us, not as we are now. He can do this because Jesus died once, for all people, for all time.
Are you frustrated by your continued struggle with past sins even though you have confessed you are a sinner in need of a Savior, and submitted your life to the Lordship of Christ? Keep pressing on, confessing your sinfulness to God and allowing Him to continually mold you into His perfect, flawless likeness. And I hope one day I can say the same about this semi-auto... - GE