Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
For Christians who observed the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, it is natural and expected to feel invigorated and excited about the future being free of sin. But, as we saw yesterday, the race never stops as long as we have breath and life. Even though there will be falls and mistakes, we must keep striving to live lives free from sin.
Today’s verse warns us not to be overconfident in our own power, whether we have been running the race for one year or 50 years. No matter how long we individually have been running the race, we have room for improvement. But as we are growing, we will stumble along the way (1 John 2:1).
The solution is to remember why and how we stand. It is not by our own power, but by Jesus Christ living in us (Colossians 1:27). Without Christ, we cannot succeed because, as He succinctly noted, “the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38).
Christians must always be on guard for the devious ways that sin and wrong attitudes can enter our lives. We can never afford to think we are immune to sin or have no room to improve. If we do, we will fall. With Christ living in us, we must continue to change our lives for the better.
For more information on the process of changing your life, see the “Change” section of our website.
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Without Christ, We Can Do Nothing.”