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Praying for True Humility…

Do you ever just get sick of our arrogance? Our ways of thinking that assume we somehow must show up and come through for God to be God and for His name to be protected. For Him to be good and for people to know Him as such that it somehow depends upon me. I find myself doing that all the time. I must do this because God “needs” me to. I must know the right answers because saying I might not know doesn’t look good for God. Boxing people in and leaving people out by our boundary lines that we create because we’ve read this good book and we know what it says and “those” people aren’t following Scripture.

I was on a website today and this is how they described themselves (and I quote unfortunately)…”We seek no creed but Christ, no rule in religion but the Bible, no worship but that which is taught on the pages of the New Testament, no names but Bible names, and no plan of salvation besides what God has made known in His Word. In short, ours is a call to undenominational, first-century, New Testament Christianity in every regard (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We determine to “speak as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11) in all we say, and act by the authority of Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:17) in all we do. We invite you to investigate what we believe and practice – compare it with what the Bible teaches, and we think you’ll be pleased with what you find.”

Whewwwww…I’ll be honest with you I read things like that at this point in my journey and I get nervous and then usually sick to my stomach. The sales pitch I suppose is good, except what we’re selling is a perfect church that doesn’t need much blood to cover us because we’ve got it figured out and when you walk through the doors you’ll see that we know alot.

How about this…how about we put the truth on our website? How about a description that says…Behind these doors you’ll find a whole bunch of broken people who are absolutely lost without the blood of this One named Jesus. You’ll find us to be hypocrites and prideful. We’re weak and fickle and much of what we say and a lot of what we do will look good and equally as much will be self serving and do a horrible injustice to the heart of God. If you look at us you will undoubtedly be disappointed. We’ll lift you up and encourage you sometimes and just as often let you down and beat you up by our own ignorance and insecurities. We certainly don’t do this religion thing perfectly, matter of fact if it were up to us and the way we lived it out, no one would want anything to do with it.

Yep that pretty much describes us…but let me tell you what we’ve found together inside this place. We have found this God who always shows up. We’ve found a God who is big enough that He doesn’t need us and yet tender enough that He’ll always want us near Him. We’ve fallen in love with a man who went to a cross to prove that. We have found that we know next to nothing and God is everything and we’re finally willing to let that be enough. And you know what’s happened in the process…we’re having fun loving on a God who doesn’t feel like an obligation but a privilege. We’re living out dreams that aren’t graded by success or failure but are fulfilling because they’re God’s dreams and I get to come alongside and be part of His plan.

I just wonder what would happen if we’d ever just get honest and admit that we’re nothing. I wonder if we’d finally realize we’re all on even ground in desperate need of a Saviour. I’m pretty sure the world doesn’t much care for a group of people who think they act right in “every regard” or perfom perfectly in “all we say and all we do.” Pretty sure this world full of sinners is looking for some people who remember they’re sinners too in search of a Saviour who seeks to love all over a sinner, no matter how dirty he or she may be.

I guess I just wonder when we’ll get it, myself certainly included. Help us Lord, please help us have hearts that come before you humbly knowing that you don’t need us, that you invite us to come alongside your awesome plans and to be a part of them. Oh what we’d miss out on had you not offered the invitation. Thank You for the offer. We say yes. Help us to remember our place.

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4 responses »

  1. …And that is what makes this all so amazing….God doesn’t need us, He WANTS us.

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  2. You are right, who do we think we are? I can’t help but see us (in general) as Pharisees. “You are out, you are in.” Did we somewhere forget that we don’t decide, in fact us deciding proves more that we are “Pharisees.” I am with you, we are a bunch of broken sinners, no one better than another, so let’s stop judging and beating each other up, let’s relax and live with peace knowing what He has done for not just you, not just me, but for everyone. I’m with you. j

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  3. Thanks for reminding me of that this morning. Don’t know that I can explain the pressures of meeting demands and expectations of this world to you today. I just know it was good to be able to see something like this – realizing I don’t have to have all the answers.

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  4. I read your blog with an open mind to see what you are saying. I certainly agree that we are all sinners who need a savior. And we do need to know our place. However, I think there is another way to look at this. As we submit ourselves to God, through faithful obedience, confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and uniting with His cleansing blood through the waters of baptism, we become a changed people. We are no longer an orphan to the world of darkness, but an adopted heir of the King Himself. that alone should change the way we are, from the inside out. The more we try to become like Jesus, the fewer times we fall. Surely this is the case with anyone following in the steps of the Savior. If not, we are all wondering aimlessly in the darkness, which cannot be true, since Jesus is the Light and has asked us to be the light and salt as well.We may not get it all right (because we will never get it all right), and it is arrogant of any group to think they can. But we must try our best, for there is a whole world of sinners who have not found a relationship with Jesus. And many have been misled into believing things that are not true, because there are wolves out among us, seeking to destroy the flock.The church of Christ is not perfect, for we are imperfect people. But the church is perfect, because it is made perfect, through the blood of Christ, which He used to purchase the church. And, we are members of His church, His body, which makes us perfect through His blood as well.Thank you for the deep thoughts, I enjoy reading your blogs. One of His children

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