Christians are always seeking to “be better.” The proof is in the pudding.
The contemporary Christian book market is flooded, and frankly, oversaturated, with “Christian” self-help books.
If you don’t believe me, allow me to name a few of the best-selling Christian books this week according to Audible, an app many enjoy.
Balance: Positioning Yourself to Do All Things Well.
Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.
Undistracted: Capture Your Purpose. Rediscover Your Joy.
This list is not exhaustive. These are just three of the best sellers. Looking at the market, it makes me wonder just how many Christians would consider themselves “complete.”
In fact, it makes me wonder…
Would it be likened to a curse word to even suggest it? The Apostle Paul did not think so. In fact he offers a very blunt answer to the curious question.
“And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
Saying this, allow me to be careful of being overly critical. Nonetheless, it would appear that many Christian authors capitalize on everyone’s fear of falling short. But the truth is, we did fall short, but Christ rose high (Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
There is no money in a complete person, therefore many writings sell the idea of never-ending renovations.
This fear can be alleviated in knowing that being complete does not mean that you do not sin, but rather you are blameless from the sin.
Read Paul’s explanation of being complete.
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it (Colossians 2:11-15).
Salvation really means that you are saved. You are not partly saved. Christ’s work on the Cross and His resurrection means that such sins are blotted out.
They are: Zilch, gonzo, and done.
You are justified, sanctified, and now living for your reward in Heaven, received when you are glorified (1 Corinthians 3).
Yes, there are areas in life that need to be addressed. But no number of things you do can affect your standing provided by what Christ did.
You are complete. Therefore, live completely free of fear in the light of God’s grace (2 Timothy 1:7)!
You really are a perfect Christian!