See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
At this week’s Adult Ministries team meeting, Pastor Jack Delk presented a devotional that highlighted two possible dangers that surprisingly lurk in the middle of making progress in your sanctification and growth in holiness: pride and forgetting grace.
If you make noticeable progress, you might become inflated, proud, even cocky.
Or, when you make progress, you might forget that it was God who did it and be tempted to take credit for your own reformation.
Remember God, and stay low.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.