WE HAVE NOT ARRIVED
As I write this devotion, I want to warn all of those who think that they have arrived. Once again, I want to be transparent, that is to say that I know that I have not arrived to where God wants me to be. That might sound strange to some that a pastor, after all these years of serving God; I am still not fully mature. God is still working in me. This allows me to stay humble and never to become arrogant or boastful. I know there are things in me that God still has to change. Let me be clear, that it is not just me, it is all of us. No matter how much we have grown, there is still room in our lives for more growth. Never feel that you have arrived for we are just a work in progress. Romans 7:15 reads in this manner.
“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.”
These are the words of Paul, the humble servant of the Lord, as he struggles with sin. After all the things that Paul has experienced by the hand of God, he still realizes that he is dealing with sin. He writes that he really does not understand it. He knows what is the right thing to do, yet he does not always do what is right. Paul knows that at his best, he falls short and sin still resides in Him. His sinful nature rises up at times. Paul is honest with himself and with his fellow laborers in the Lord. He does not claim to have it all going on. Yet, Paul acknowledges with a humble heart that he is seeking daily to do the will and work of the Lord. He wants to liberate himself from the bondage of sin. He knows that in his own heart, he has not arrived. Prayerfully, you know that you have not arrived.