Sunday Morning Word: Work in Progress

“My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
James 15:19-20 (NIV)

We are all works in progress. As I’ve said many times before, only one man, Jesus Christ, lived a perfect life on this earth. Because he was perfect, free from sin, he was able to die for us, and through his grace, we are also made perfect. Still, we have a long way to go.

Since being saved, I’m sure we’ve all had a hiccup or blunder here and there, but hopefully it didn’t become a trend. No one who lives in God can keep on sinning (1 John 3:6). Instead, we recognized our fault, or maybe we had praying brothers and sisters on our side who helped us recognize our fault, and we repented, and God was faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from further unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Since then, we’ve moved forward. We’ve progressed.

Now we have a job to do. Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed “to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We may still live in this world, but we are no longer of this world. Laws change, but God’s Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Don’t get caught up in what’s happening in the world today. Continue to focus on doing the will of God. Continue to live by Christ’s example. The devil will always try to tempt us and distract us from our mission, but know that God will never let us be tempted beyond what we can bear, and he will always provide us with a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).

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