“As a member of the body of Christ, we need to continue to grow in maturity until we attain “the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13).”
I was brought up in a Christian family in a small town in Malaysia. My grandfather came from China at a very young age and became a Christian in time to come. Subsequently all his descendants were infant-baptised, and I was one of them. I was confirmed in the same church when I completed my secondary school education.
I may not remember the exact date and time of my conversion, but I do remember the conviction that I was a sinner and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Some of the events that impacted my belief was when I was in Sunday School, during church camps and some of the gospel rallies like Billy Graham’s Crusade held in Singapore.
Over the years, I have realised that Christian life is neither a walk in the park nor a bed of roses. There have been many struggles, frustrations, disappointments and doubts. There were trials and tests that completely defeated and humbled me. There were times when I felt so far away from God that I wonder if it was possible to be restored again. However, God has been faithful and He has never given up on me. In His great mercy, He continues to draw me back to Himself through the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit. I am aware of my weaknesses and my inability to overcome except through Him alone, as He has said in 2 Corinthians 12:9 : “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Christian life is very much a work in progress, a marathon rather than a 100- meter dash. As long as we are in the flesh, the striving will never cease. We may continue to stumble and fall many times, but God has promised to be with us and will see us to the finishing line. I am reminded by the apostle Paul to press on, to persevere, to fight the good fight. As written in Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. .. forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” There is no looking back, the only way is forward.
He has chosen us before the foundation of the world because of His love for us in Jesus Christ; our very steps are ordered according to His perfect divine plan that sometimes defies our understanding. Our hope is sure, our future is secure and hence we have the confidence that He is able to keep us until the very end. As a member of the body of Christ, we need to continue to grow in maturity until we attain “the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13).