Do you ever have times when you feel like you have it all together? Now, I know I would never get many people to admit that, but I think it’s true. Once in a while, we have days or periods of time when we feel like everything is going well and we’ve got it all figured out and we have finally arrived! And then, of course, we fall or mess up and we realize we still have a long way to go.
I had one of those moments recently where I lost my temper. I have always had a temper and I still get grumpy and irritated from time to time, but it had been a while since I had really blown up. I was hoping that Christ had already rubbed that rough edge off of my life. But there it was again. I felt defeated and discouraged that this type of tantrum was still possible. Do you ever fear sometimes that God will finally give up on you?
Here’s the encouraging word: God doesn’t see you as the person who hasn’t got it all together yet. He sees you through the potential that you have to be as you grow with Him. When Jesus first called Simon to be His disciple, he said, “You are Simon, son of John. You shall be Cephas” (which means Peter.) John 1:42. “Peter” means “rock.” Simon was no rock at this point. He was impulsive, aggressive, said things before he thought, and was generally very headstrong and not very loving. But Jesus saw him as Peter, the apostle who would be the preacher who brought 3000 people into the church on Pentecost. Simon didn’t suddenly transform into Peter. But that’s how God saw him and eventually he was worthy of the name.
God loves you just the way you are. He sees what you can become if you turn to him and walk closely with him over an extended period of time. But God cannot love the future, new and improved you any more than he loves the current you – it’s not possible because he already loves you perfectly. So although there are going to be stumbles and falls along the way – God won’t give up on you. So keep on walking and growing confident in his love.
As Peter himself writes in Scripture in his last words to us: “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18