Reality Check: Saved by His Grace, But Still Flawed
By Manuela Domingos
I read an article recently that perfectly described Christianity.
This article outlined how as people, we are so quick to point fingers and judge new believers. We expect God to snap his fingers, and immediately release us from the flawed, sinful nature of our past and turn us into the cookie cut perfect version of ourselves.
As much as we’d like to believe that this is true, it’s not.
Accepting to be molded by Christ and welcoming Him into our lives simply means that we’re going to go through change. Jesus didn’t actively chose to only surround Himself around people that were perfect. He ate with prostitutes, tax collectors, and other sinners. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
This rings very familiar and true to modern day. “Why are you cussing so much if you’re supposed to be a Christian?” “Gasp, you drink? But you’re a Christian!” “I think as a Christian, you’re supposed to cover up and not show your body off like that.” We have this expectation of others to be perfect. Often times, we have this expectation of ourselves.
But if we understand the reality of what it means to accept Christ into our lives, we begin to understand his Grace.
Romans 9:15-16 states, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. So then, it does not depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”
I think this scripture reminds me of how blessed I am to be loved by Him. That regardless of where I am right now in life, I can thank Him for his Grace and the works He has done in my life. I can recognize, that because He is selfless, pure, kind, and loving, He loves me unconditionally.
Because of that unconditional love, I am going to be saved although flawed.
The beauty of a relationship with Christ is recognizing the wonderful Grace that He instills and what it means for me as a Christian.
I have so much to work on. It’s going to be a long, strenuous journey.
But I trust that this is only teaching me to become a part of something great. Something bigger, although it may be completely hidden and unseen right now.
One day, through faith, I am going to look back and recognize how far I’ve come and the wonderful miracle that is my life. Through it all, I’m going to thank Him for loving me regardless.
I may be flawed, but I’m saved by His grace.