To live as a Disciple of Jesus is a constant battle against the flesh in which we seem to go three steps forward and two steps back. Paul said in Colossians 1:28, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
I want to encourage you not to give up. Don’t give up even when you slip and fall. Paul said in Philippians 3:13,14 “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
One of the tools the enemy uses to discourage us is the critical comments about our flaws from unbelievers around us.
Frances Bacon – probably the father of modern science tried to live his life as a disciple of Jesus. He did a lousy job of it in many ways as many of us do. But he said something very profound: “The best of men are like the best of precious stones, wherein every flaw is noted more than in those that are generally foul and corrupted.” People will notice our flaws when we claim we are going to imitate the perfect God/man Jesus Christ. If we don’t claim to live for Christ, they cut us plenty of slack. But once we say we want to follow Jesus, people will be watching for us to fall so they can say, “See?! You’re no different than the rest of us. You’re no different. You’re the same old person you used to be.”
Don’t let that stop you from pursuing Christ. People will continue to see the difference in you, even if it gets under their skin. Some will hate it and dismiss it to being a religious fanatic etc. etc. But remember 1 Peter 2:12 “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”