Did you know there are beach pebbles that need water to stay white? If you take them away from beach they turn boring grey and they lose their whiteness? It is the same way with Christians. If we stay away from baptismal water and daily renewal we become grey, we lose our whiteness.
I got an email yesterday from a new friend asking about “how does one saint not be also a sinner”. We all have experienced how difficult it is to stay white on our own. There is no way we can do it. We need Christ to wash our sins away.
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. (Romans 7:21-25, NIV)
Even as Christians we still need Christ every single day of our lives. By the grace of God we are sinners that have been forgiven. We were saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, we were made right with God. (The big word for this is justification.) But the fact is that this is not the end of the story. Sin still lingers in faith-filled people. Because we are human beings we will always be sinners even thought we have been made right with God. We need to be made right day after day by Jesus. We need the baptismal water to keep us white. We need grace of God to keep us pure.
It is very hard for people to accept the fact that we constantly stand in need of God’s grace. We would like to be self-sufficient. But we are and we will always be fully dependent on God. There is another big word, sanctification, that needs to be mentioned here. It means that God does his work in us making us more Christ-like. This sanctification is a life-long process to make us holy. So it does not happen once and for all. But when we day in and day out cling onto Jesus this happens slowly but surely. But we will never outgrow our need of God’s grace. Never. But the good news is God loves to pour grace upon grace on us. God loves to keep us white so we can shine his light to the world! And God’s grace is more than enough to sustain us, renew us, and keep us white and shiny! Thanks be to God!
Thank you for your grace!
Thank you for saving us!
Thank you for sustaining us!
Thank you for sending us!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How do you go about living as a saint and a sinner?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you cling onto Jesus! That is the best place to be! Rest assured God will never let you go! Rejoice!