The Son of God became the Son of Man that the Sons of Men might become the Sons of God.
It will be a joy to one day stand in God’s presence fee from sin, free from distractions, and free from the competing loyalties in my heart.
I am not what I ought to be.
Ah! how imperfect and deficient.
Not what I might be,
considering my privileges and opportunities.
Not what I wish to be.
God, who knows my heart, knows I wish to be like him.
I am not what I hope to be;
ere long to drop this clay tabernacle, to be like him and see him as He is.
Not what I once was,
a child of sin, and slave of the devil.
Though not all these,
not what I ought to be,
not what I might be,
not what I wish or hope to be, and
not what once was,
I think I can truly say with the apostle,
“By the grace of God I am what I am.”
The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued and that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.
Something I learned yesterday: “You can’t merely ‘pretend’ in acting. Acting has to be grounded in truth, you must believe it. Once the actor knows they are lying, they cannot go on.” – my TA
Romans 1:25 says: “… they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…”
This is the reason why people live the way they do. As a whole, men have believed a lie and live clinging on to that lie as the truth. There is no other way to live until the truth is revealed and the lie is exposed.
Only when we realize we are living a lie will we enter into a life grounded in reality.
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” John 8:31-32
A few reminders to myself:
- The purpose of my evangelism is not to make those around me act like Christians but to declare the truth, which has the power to set people free.
- If I know the truth, I should not and cannot continue to live the lie.
- The truth has come to me with a staggering price: the blood of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
- Drop the act with all its lies and live life the way I was meant to live it! (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!