“Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? No great surprise, right?” Galatians 2:17
In Galatians, Apostle Paul wrote about how there was still work to be done to combine the theologies and practices of the Jews and the Gentiles. And, yet today, the Christian church continues to work on perfecting the image of the different denominations and non-denominational churches. The church will never be perfect because people come together with preconceived ideas of what religion should be and how they want others to conform to their way of thinking.
My childhood dream was to play basketball. It happened that the girls’ basketball coach walked by my house on his way home from school around 5:00 each afternoon. For a whole school year before I could try out for the team, I practiced my jump shot, free throws, and layups on a small court within a few yards from the sidewalk, hoping the coach would notice me. I did make the high school team, but of course, I never perfected my game. Even seven-foot professional basketball players miss layups and free throws.
To become a stronger Christian, each individual needs to practice his or her own faith. The goal is for everyone to live in peace as God’s people. However, no matter how hard we practice, it is by the grace of God we can make his team.
Dear Lord, help us practice our faith muscles every day to find peace. Amen.