Sometimes a Christian doesn’t feel strong in the Lord. Sometimes we know we should be serving Christ with more fervency and seriousness, but since we aren’t we feel like bad Christians – or sometimes we don’t even feel like a Christian at all. What do we do? Here’s how Thomas Watson answered this question:
“There is a great difference between the weakness of grace and the want [lack] of grace. A man may have life though he be sick and weak. Weak grace is not to be despised, but cherished. Christ will not break the bruised reed. Do not argue from the weakness of grace to the nullity [non-existence]. 1) Weak grace will give us a title to Christ as well as strong grace. A weak hand of faith will receive the alms of Christ’s merits. 2) Weak faith is capable of growth. The seed springs up by degrees, first the blade, and then the ear, and then the full corn in the ear. The faith that is strongest was once in its infancy. …Be not discouraged at thy weak faith; though it be but blossoming, it will by degrees come to more maturity. 3) The weakest grace shall persevere as well as the strongest. A child was safe in the ark as Noah. An infant believer that is but newly laid to the breast of the promise, is as safe in Christ as the most eminent heroic saint.”
Or, to put it in Scripture’s terms, “God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Phil. 1:6 NLT).
The above quote by Thomas Watson is found in The Lord’s Prayer, p. 72-73.
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)