Let’s pause for one moment. One constant that has remained since giving my life to Christ is that I am deeply flawed. I do not say this to seek for anyone’s sympathy. I say this because regardless of how many times I may fall short, God’s loving grace has lifted me up. This is not to say that I abuse God’s grace for my personal gain. It is to say that I realize that I really need Him to help me live this life into which He has called me.
Let’s pause for one moment. What does this mean for myself and others? It means that, as our Heavenly Father, God does not throw us away every time we get it wrong. On the contrary, He offers us a chance at getting it right. He knows that “apart from Him, we can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5). If it were not for that second, third, and fourth chance (more for some things) to get it right, we would be forever lost without hope. Without hope, this life is futile.
Let’s pause for one moment. We struggle with different things. Some things we lay down at the foot of the Cross with ease. No living person goes through life without temptation. Even Jesus experienced temptation as we experience temptation (Heb. 4:15). Yet He was able to overcome this temptation. But how? Some say because He was God. I say this is a great answer, but I agree with the Apostle Paul when he says,
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross…” (Phil. 2:5-8).
Let’s pause for one moment. This verse says that Christ humbled Himself and became obedient. Christ, through His example, gave us an example of how we should overcome the various areas of life wherein temptation confronts us. The example can work for us as well if we place our all on the altar and trust God for the outcome of the process.
All we need to do is pause for one moment in order to understand that we still have a place in this race. We may have fallen down, but if we get back up and continue to move forward, we still have a chance at winning the race. But if we stay down in the place we have fallen, we allow the enemy to usurp our victory given to us through Christ.