Stained glass shadows westernskycommunicationscomRedbird’s Roost has a good post on St Paul’s faith, contrasting it with that of many Christians today.

In ‘Pressing On’ Redbird examines Philippians 3:13-14 wherein the apostle tells his faithful that he has not yet attained perfect faith and sanctification, yet he was determined to

press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Redbird goes on to describe two different types of Christians. The first group are those who say that unless we believe everything they do and live exactly as they do, we are doomed. Redbird observes:

Sometimes our professed maturity and sureness may not be as mature as we would like it to appear. Psychologists tell us that the so-called true believer who appears to be rock hard in his or her faith may be in fact engaging in a cover-up of troubling inner questions and insecurities.

On the other hand, Redbird says, are those who expect Christianity to be an easy life where everything immediately becomes perfect, especially our sanctification and faith:

So we reduce Christianity to some simplistic package that you can accomplish quickly and without effort. We thus imply that the Christian life is something petty and inconsequential.

Once again, this proves the necessity of daily Bible reading so that we understand what Scripture says about leading the Christian life.

May we become more Pauline in our approach to faith and in our relationships.