That statement from a conversation I had last month has haunted me. It is the kind of statement that just sticks with you and pops up when least expected. There are many aspects of that statement that get me.
First, I’m a struggling Christian. Honestly, most Christians are struggling even if they are not willing to admit it. Contrary to what many think being a Christian does not magically erase all struggle from our lives. It is a process or journey in which one’s faith grows.
12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)
The other thing that bothers me about the conversation was the implication that somehow I’m a “good Christian”. I not good just forgiven
18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Romans 7:18 (ESV)