Going to dig deeper into a challenge from church yesterday, hope you don’t mind! We’ve all been lied to, and there are people out there still trying to lie to us. Many different forms of preaching take place across the world, and we have to be careful which ones we listen to, that’s for sure!
I’m the first to fail here, but I know I’m not the only one. Failing by trying to “pretend” that I’m stain-free. Why is it that we have such a hard time just admitting that we are messed up? Gabe Taviano is selfish. Sometimes he’s lazy. He’s often critical of people. There are opportunities to share his faith boldly, and he doesn’t follow through. He doesn’t care enough. And so on, and so on, and so on. Here I am. And that………is it. Why try to fake you out and try to recover at all? That stain in the photo, that’s my life. Sure, in God’s eyes I have repented and am made clean ONLY by the cross. But you are not God, so there’s no use at all in pretending you don’t see a stain when you look at me.
If you think I don’t see a stain when I look at you, you’re dead wrong. Each of us continually strive to do good things, but when was the last time you got sick of someone telling you how much they had messed up? Chances are, the opposite has happened (you hear too much good) or they’ve been silent about it all. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that we are not accepted when we are perfect. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. Christ’s power can rest on me when I gladly am proud of how messed up I am, or that I fail according to the world’s standards? It’s really fine to admit that I am a stain and still feel accepted by God? Sure, there’s a time for repentance and correction according to the work of the Spirit. But I’m getting the impression that the stains that we are need to also rub off on each other. Are you covering up stains in order to gain approval? Do you believe that God really loves you, knowing that you are stained?
PRAYING for our friends (the Nygaard family), as they will be giving birth to their third child tomorrow! PRAISING God for moving in Central Ohio in a new way today.