Keller: Maturing as a Christian

Published 1:31 am Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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I was always a religious person, but didn’t have a relationship with Jesus. I attended church weekly with my family and thought that was being a Christian. It wasn’t until I was challenged at age 45 about being “born again” that my eyes were opened.

It was on the second Sunday of October 1980 that I realized being religious (going to church) was a good practice to know about God. However, having a relationship with His Son, Jesus, is what the Bible talks about when you’re born again.

When I became born again, I knew I was a different person. The Bible says that you become a new person and the old Harold is dead. It was then I became a Christian.

Being a Christian felt good. My thoughts and actions changed. God immediately took away my vulgar mouth. I was forgiven for all that I had done and felt free.

I wanted my family and friends to feel what I had experienced. I didn’t realize it at first, but I became self-righteous. I began thinking highly of myself and while trying to witness to others, I turned off a few people. I then heard someone say that God has more tolerance for an honest sinner than a self-righteous Christian.

The only performance that makes any of us acceptable to God is based on Christ’s performance on the cross. The righteousness that saved us is imputed – not earned.  We don’t have any right to be self-righteous.

I would like to think that I’ve matured as a Christian.


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