The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Â Â Â Â 2 Peter 3:9 (WEB, my emphasis)
Too often I speak with someone (or look in my own mirror) and find that we are beating ourselves up because we are â€œnot where we are supposed to be in our spiritual walkâ€. When we make a decision to live as a disciple of Jesus, we become a â€œnew creationâ€, donâ€™t we? Does that mean the old person will never rear its ugly head? Does it mean I am always able to instantly resist any temptation?
When I brought home my children from the hospital after they were born they could not walk; they could not feed themselves. They could not read or speak in complete sentences. Someday they would be able to do that. It takes time to grow. I was not ashamed of them because they could not give a three-point speech on this, the occasion of their birth!
God is more patient with me than I am with myself. I allow frustration when I stumble to question my life with Christ and my ability to work in His Kingdom! If my old desires rear their nasty heads then I must not be His new creation! Ridiculous! Remember:
…he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Philippians 1:6 (WEB)
In many ways, my growth as a child of God is like the growth I experienced in my early chronological years. In my new birth, God provides what I need to grow and â€œolderâ€ Christians do His work with me as they give the example, mentor, and pray for me. Just as I was patient with my newborn children and my teenagers, so God is patient with me.
There is one major difference in my two births. The first â€“ I had no choice in being born. This time, I do. The power is Godâ€™s. He puts forth all the effort. He provided the perfect atoning sacrifice; enduring all the pain. But the choice to again be born into a new growing creation â€“ is mine.
So â€“ I trust God. The more I stumble…the more I lean on Jesus. The more I press into His classroom of love and learning.