A few random thoughts from this past week (or two) loosely tied together:
We all are wired for self-righteousness, regardless of what form it most manifests itself in…legalism or licentiousness. Fact is, we as believers will always (this side of Glory) struggle with what we do RIGHT and WRONG, both. Granted, daily we’re faced with our own shortcomings. Yet, Mr. RIGHT has the same fundamental problem…SELF-righteousness. Either way, Christ’s righteousness is always alien. But for His ongoing graciousness, we’d have ZERO participation in the Kingdom. ZERO!
Do not kid yourself for a moment, brethren; all of us are struggling to live according to faith in Christ. He who does not think so is the greater fool. Faith does not come as a commodity we pull off the shelf at Wal-Mart. So yes, there are God given means to His giving/sustaining/nurturing us in faith, but the measure too is His, not only the means.
As someone once said, our growing in grace is about our becoming more realistic (honest) about our being human. Becoming a Christian is about our no longer “being as gods”. It is tough for us (and understandably so) to get very comfortable with ourselves, even in Christ. The entirety of our days are spent laboring according to a performance model. No labor, no pay! Yet, the whole of the Christian Faith is hinged on an entirely different model…Christ crucified for sinners (which we remain while here). So, daily we struggle between (confusing) the two, on top of the fact that the world goes round and round like this, we have a natural inclination to perform and be stroked for doing so. God’s plan is different. He does all the essential work! He does all the salvationing.
So then, let us not get bogged down in wondering too long, about how self-righteous we might still be. ALL of us are Selfish and everyday this kills us; and boy does it ever hurt. I hate it!
I hope that anyone who hears me is reminded of at least two things: 1) God saves, and 2) We are sinners (and we never quite get over either one).
The world (and sadly much of the Church) hates it when we say…screw that idea of our “measuring up!” Christ is our measure and may this – by His mercy – become something central in our lives. We who hate this have a common response: “What, aren’t you going to do anything?!” NO. NO. NO. HE HAS! Get over it! God help us to think in this way without lacking due charity.
The equation then is this:
Less = More (< = >).
Less of us, and the totality of Christ!
Christ then is our YES! YES! YES!