“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16.
It isn’t easy to be a mature follower of Jesus.
In the beginning of the faith, our spiritual struggles are so visible and visceral. The path to humility and faithful obedience is easy to discern because our pride is towering, our thoughts are selfish, and our desires go unchecked.
After time, the struggles become more subtle–often to the point of shrinking from view. In my opinion, this is primarily because we learn how to play a new game. We know how to put up an impenetrable facade and fake our spiritual maturity to the world. As fallen, broken people, we can forget any lesson taught to us by God’s Spirit. We can justify nearly any action and even tell ourselves lies we are quick to believe.
And when our flaws become undeniable, we can respond with, “that’s just the way I am.”
If you are looking to surrender the next thing to God, I urge you to check out Tim’s post.