When things are not working in a Christian’s life, or when things are not going well in a Church; it is common among Christians to come up with new plans and commit themselves to try harder. But, what does “trying harder” mean? To Paul “trying harder” means trying harder to be a better Christian. Every plan of God for all of mankind always includes an individual element first. God is not looking for a better church. God is looking for a purer Christian life, and that life will be reflected within the church. A better church does not come from a better plan; it comes from a better Christian.
Here is a quote by D. A. Carson.
Paul never exhorts us merely to try harder apart from trying harder to be Christians worthy of Christ Jesus…
Ga 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Ga 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
 Carson, D. A. (1992). A call to spiritual reformation: priorities from Paul and his prayers (p. 134). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
Published on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 @ 4:17 AM CDT