However, in the Christian world, tenure or length of service as a Christian can lead to complacency and make us comfortable with our current state. Save for the fact that we have had the opportunity to make more mistakes and therefore have a bit more experience correcting them, tenure does not make us better off than a newborn babe.
Today, I realized that, by not knowing what I know now when I started my walk 17 years ago, I developed some pretty bad habits that are difficult to let go of. Whilst in my head I know there are a lot of things that I have not done or are not doing right, it's hard to make the changes because I have been doing it this way for so long.
I had the opportunity to speak to a friend recently who has been a Christian for almost as long as I have. We were at a social gathering and were having fun catching up on old times when did something in my presence. I remarked casually in joking fashion "girl, you haven't changed one bit". Her response shocked me into silence. She said "no, I haven't and I won't change for anybody." What was just a casual conversation between friends suddenly became a stark realization in my head and I almost couldn't continue our conversation. It was then I realized that length of service sometimes brings us to a point where we simply refuse to change our bad habits. We become so comfortable with ourselves just the way we are that we fail to realize that Christianity is all about change. It is about waking up daily and saying Lord, those things that are still in me that need to be changed, please, continue to work on it. Christianity is about recognizing where we are wrong and making a conscious decision to be different. The only way to be like Christ is to be less like ourselves, and we can't do that by becoming comfortable with where we are.
Today, my encouragement to all of us to remember that Christianity is about change, growth and maturity. Let us not become comfortable with our bad habits or simply make a decision to stay the way we are. Let us remember that no matter how many years we have been Christians, we can still be immature.
May we change, grow and mature together.