Phil.. 3:12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.
Whenever Paul came down hard on holy living, he saw himself in light of his teachings. He was honest about his own struggles to live rightly before God. He knew what kind of a man he needed to be before God and understood that it is a process of growth. He knew that in order to be the person God wanted him to be he had to put much work into it. His goal was to become that person, no matter if it took him the rest of his life to get there.
We need to see ourselves in the same light. No one on earth will ever obtain perfection in their spiritual walk. We are made perfect in Christ in that He is our perfection, but for us to be able to claim that we no longer need to be worked on is just not going to happen. There is much work that the Lord needs to do in all of us. We cannot coast our way to holy living. We must constantly be at work striving to improve the quality of our faith walk.
The more work we do, the more we come to realize that our need for Christ is so much more than we already have of Him. There is a constant warfare with Satan going on within us. Satan is doing all that he can do to hinder our progress. He constantly is devising new ways of attacking our souls to derail us.
Let us keep striving for that day in which our salvation will be complete and we will be all that Christ saved us for and wants us to be.