"Fight for us, O God, that we may not drift numb and blind and foolish into vain and empty excitements. Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst. Heaven is too great, hell is too horrible, eternity is too long that we should putter around on the porch of eternity."--John Piper
God is so good!
I think that we need to understand something. Understand it, and believe it. God is gracious enough to right any wrong. Loving enough to accept us the way we are. But caring enough to compel us to change. While God accepts us as the broken and dirty people we are when we ask Him to be our Saviour, He does not let us stay that way. He compels us to change. Our love for Him compels us to change. Our longing to be in intimacy with Him compels us to change. It is impossible to live a life of sin as children of God. 1 John 5:18 says "We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him." As children of God, God grasps us so tightly that we cannot be consumed by sin. He will save us. Will we stumble and fall? Absolutely. But God will not give us over to the evil one. If we are true believers, He will protect us from Satan.
We cannot call ourselves Christians and not live a life set-apart from nonbelievers. Christ set us apart when He saved us! We need to be praying daily that God will break us down and continue molding us to His will!
I know this is not as uplifting as I try to make my blogs be. However, there is a sadness in the Western Church causing people to believe they are saved yet there is no fruit. Please, take a moment and read John 15. I know this chapter is really familiar, but take the time to read it with fresh eyes. Let it swarm within you. Let's examine our lives and see where branches are not being productive and ask God to change us. Oh please, God change me!
Have you read it? Do you see areas in your life that are bearing fruit? If so, HALLELUJAH! I love when God uses us as vessels! If you don't, do not break yourself down about it. Rather, ask God to break you (He can do so in a much more loving way than we can) and show you areas of your life that need changing.
"Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness," Romans 6:13.
Have an incredibly blessed day! Go out and bear fruit!