If you have done any traveling this past summer by car, with children in tow, then you have probably heard this very question…over and over and over again! Children don’t have a concept of how far we need to go and the time it takes to get there, and they quickly become impatient along the way. We can make that same observation with the children of God, with us. “Are we there yet?” When am I going to reach the point that I can look at myself in the mirror and see a true saint looking back, one who has left behind the sinful behaviors of the worldly life and is living out the perfection that God desires, no, demands? We think that there’s some level that we need to work our way up to where we don’t constantly fall back down into the mud pit of hurtful behaviors, those that hurt us, harm others, and are an affront to God’s holiness, where sin is no longer a relentless plague. Well, that folks is a very…very long journey, and none of you who are reading this have made it to that destination. The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:12, “I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.” Paul is talking about becoming like Jesus, the one who could look in the mirror (if He had one) and see a perfect Saint staring back. Being conformed to Christ is a life-long trip, one that follows a winding and hilly course. There are many twists and turns, ups and downs along the way, and the ultimate destination is only to be reached when we leave this life and enter into eternity, either in death or Christ’s return. That’s not to say that we aren’t to daily strive to move a little closer, but until Jesus comes to get us we will remain far from home, but in him we are headed in the right direction.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009