As much as people may think the religion is a crutch, if you really set your life upon doing the things Christ has called you to do, you will quickly realize that it is not an easy journey.
Sometimes this reality might hit us more forcefully than other times. Like when we’ve failed at doing the things that God has called us to do.
We may diligently strive to live a life pleasing to God, working day after day for His glory, and yet in a moment we may feel that all that work is wasted when we do something that we know shouldn’t. We may daily fight against our flesh, and in an instant spectacularly fail, not even comprehending why we relinquished the fight.
Even the apostle Paul felt this way. He wrote:
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
How many of us can identify with these words?
We want to live a life pleasing to Christ, but sometimes we fail.
Yet, just because we’ve messed up, doesn’t mean that we give up.
We persevere in the pursuit of God because that’s the mark of one who is saved.
And just because we can’t be faultless, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be faithful.
After all, He continues to be faithful to us.
Disclaimer – For those who may be tempted to think that because we can’t be faultless our continued pursuit of holiness doesn’t matter, please make sure you read Romans 6.