The apostle Paul states in Philippians chapter 3 that he has yet to reach his goal of taking hold of Christ Jesus. Hebrews 12 tells us to throw aside every sin and run our race with perseverance. Notice that I am focusing on how to run the race instead of completing the race.
About 3 months ago, I updated my Facebook status to say: “The pursuit of holiness requires patience that only the father can give,” and boy could this be more true now than ever. I just finished my undergraduate career and I don’t start working until early August. I am at a very interesting stage in my life right now, because I know what I want, I’m making steps to get there, but I’m not there. This is the part where I cue sad music and I play my tiny violin for sobbing music. jk ,jk :P.
I get caught up in what the future holds instead of focusing on the here and now. I struggle with being grateful because I equate that with settling. We live in a society that says always strive for more, focus on what you want, never settle. This type of mindset breeds a lack of contentment and greatfulness, therefore one might struggle with stewarding their daily bread well because they cannot enjoy it.
This season of my life has taught me that it is God who takes you from glory to glory. Since his name will not be defamed ( Isa. 48:11), he has used this season to remove a lot of what I would call “bad habits”, but instead it was a manifestation of sin from me. Quiet often what is in us can’t take us to the next level that God wants us to be at, but don’t lose heart. He who began the good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 🙂
Take heart gladiators we have until glory to pursue holiness, but keep your eyes fixed on the author and perfecter of our faith.