God's word in today's world

We, the imperfect Christian heroes


A common theme in movies is to portray the ultimate of humanity. The most perfect human being is the one that survives and reigns until the end. We went to see Wonder Woman. The message corresponds significantly with that of the Gospel. Wonder Woman is indeed wonderful and close to being the perfect human.

In a way, Paul is describing the ideal children of God. Just listen to this: 11… we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what He’s called you to be, pray that He’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something.

The last phrase keeps on running through my head: … pray that He’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. I wonder how satisfied God is with the way in which my life shows what I believe. I wonder how satisfied God is with the way that you do it. How close to the ideal human being do you and I get? How far behind Wonder Women are we actually?

Looking around me, I don’t see people like that. I don’t see any such perfect people in the church. And I feel quite the fool when I look at my own life as a child of God. I’m far from being the perfect child of God.

That’s the reality.

So now what? Should I stop trying, because after years travelling this journey of faith I’m still not making it? No, such a drastic step is unnecessary. Maybe we should rather make peace with the fact that we live in an imperfect world where we’ll trip and fall time after time.

But again, that does not mean that we should stop trying to live like children of God. That is why we should start praying for one another and for ourselves. Just like Paul interceded for these people, we must intercede for one another.

Paul knows it’s not easy to live a pure life as a child of God. That’s not true for Biblical times only; it’s still hard today. We might be struggling even harder today to keep on going. That is why it’s so important that we pray for one another.

Even more we must pray for ourselves that we can live the life that God intended for us. It is possible to live like that, but we cannot succeed on our own. In prayer we gather reinforcements. So: 11pray that our God will make you fit for what He’s called you to be …

We don’t have to try to do it on our own. God will work in us with his Spirit. It is indeed the Holy Spirit that will help us to live in obedience to our Father. We must live in such a way that the Holy Spirit can take over the wheel. Then we will want to do the things of our Father.

We all want to be like Superman and Superwoman, but we also know that we are far from perfect. But that doesn’t mean we must give up. We should, however, acknowledge that the sinful world has left its mark on us.

This, on the other hand, is not a free pass to keep on sinning. On the contrary – with the help of the Holy Spirit we must try and get closer to God’s image of us every day. We must get reinforcements. We must pray. With the power of the Lord we will move closer and closer to God’s ideal picture of us and we will be able to do more and more things that will make God happy.

Scripture

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

To think about

Do you like being obedient to God?

Who holds the wheel in your life?

What can you do now?

Prayer

Father, I want to live in such a way that You are completely satisfied with the way in which I live my faith. I also want to pray for my family and friends and ask that You please help all of us to do the things that gladden your heart. Amen.

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