In America today it is easy to point fingers at “the other side.” Let’s be honest, society continues to become polarized hoping that you pick a side to be on. Often, we have our minds made up about the other side often villainizing or saying harsh things.
For a couple moments, I want to turn our focus, lets focus on you. Yes, you!
The Christian life is about growing to become more like Christ. How are you doing with that process? Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
As Paul looked at himself, he was concerned with Christ being formed in him. When others saw Paul, he was concerned that others saw Jesus in him.
So, what about you?
Is Christ being formed in you?
How have you become more like Jesus this past year? The process of becoming more like Jesus is called Sanctification. Sanctification means separation.
Separation from sin: “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:15-16.
Separation to God: “(He) has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father…” Revelation 1:6
Galatians 2:20 fits right into the process of sanctification. It is the process of having Christ formed in us, that when others see us, they see Jesus! This process includes leaving sin behind and pursuing Jesus. What about you? Where are you at in this process? What sin do you need to leave behind to become more like Jesus?
This is a major undertaking, when truly pursuing, we have no time to point out the sins of others. We do not have the time to point out others down falls, their policies, or past. I am not saying we should not pursue justice and accountability; we should pursue it after we have first examined ourselves.
As we continue into this election season, as COVID-19 is still upon us, and as society becomes further polarized; we must first investigate our own soul. Ask yourself, “How am I becoming more like Jesus.” “Is my life being lived according to God’s Word?” “What needs to be changed in me?”
Let us not be people who spend a lot of time pointing out the flaws of others and very little time pursuing Galatians 2:20. As Christians let’s be defined by how other see Christ in us not how we vote or what side we stand on!
What about you?