“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Philippians 3:12 ESV)
I’m so thankful God’s grace is ever toward and for me. I’m not perfect. I’ve blown it big, got it wrong, been arrogant, acted like I was the authority on the matter, and actually believed my theology trumped everyone else’s insight. I admit, I’m passionate about the revelations God has given me and have very strong and Biblically founded convictions about what I believe. However, I want to be careful not come across smug when I feel the need to advise others as to what they should believe or not believe and do or not do. Nor do I want to be passive aggressive in directing my posts to others I disagree with on social media. I am not THE example of flawless ministry or preaching. I desire to share my heart and what God’s grace has done in my life to help and encourage others. It isn’t my calling or assignment to bring correction to the church, Bible teachers, pastors, and ministry leaders. The sure way we can tell that grace has affected our lives is not in the way we respond to those who agree with us, but in the way we respond and treat those who disagree with us. The bottom line is I don’t know God’s grace more than anyone else. I NEED God’s grace more than anyone else. I hope to make this my motivation moving forward as I continue to share the grace that is found only Jesus Christ while honoring and respecting others opinions and viewpoints. I want to be able to say like the apostle Paul, "Even though I haven’t obtained perfection, I keep moving forward to all Christ has for me, knowing all the while that I forever belong to him."