Saturday, November 14, 2015

New Post: "Mistakenly Feeling Dirty and Ashamed"

Mistakenly Feeling Dirty and Ashamed

Even on my best days I am reminded 
that I have messed-up.
People - even in their best intentions
continue to pull me down as they remember my worst deeds.

Have you ever heard the parable of the crab?

"Put a single crab in an uncovered bucket, 
and it will find a way to climb up and out on its own. 
Put a dozen crabs in a bucket, 
and 11 will fight with all their might 
to pull down the striver who attempts escape."

I continually make mistakes,
and some of these are sins in fact:
pride, sinful anger, self-centered attitude, addictive behaviors,
and sometimes even "misdirected humility".
Do you know this one?
It is where we deny any value withing ourselves,
and yes, it is a sin... can we see why?

Let me give an illustration:

I am not worthy,
Yet God still loves me.
I stand in Awe of this,
and wonder how it could be,
that He see me,
Knows me,
and call me His own.
Yet when I doubt this
I make Him a liar.

Satan is correct - that I am unworthy.
Yet God has changed my status,
By allowing Christ 
to stand in my place
and accept the condemnation I deserve.

And here is the difficult part to understand...
It is the blood of Christ that makes me worthy.

I accept His sacrifice,
and though my shame wants to reject it,
I love Jesus for it, and will not discount Him.

It is not my thoughts,
behavior, words, or actions,
that can redeem me,
nor can these bring me favor in God's sight,
but nether can they separate me from His love.

Did you catch the subtle discredit we attach to ourselves?
It is based in fear - 
"How can anyone love me when I find myself so unlovable".
That is because we have been looking at this incorrectly,
by comparing and measuring human love with God's love.

It is like a piece of 'old-artwork'.
Some people see it as simply "used",
perhaps the colors are faded, 
the frame is cracked, or has nicks in it,
but someone else is willing to pay millions of dollars,
to take it home and call it their own.

You may reject God's offer for the value of your soul,
but it doesnt change that someone has created you,
see the gifts which only you possess,
and wants to be with you for all eternity.

I dont have to live feeling dirty, ashamed, and unworthy,
because someone else, 
with a more pure love than I can fully comprehend,
thinks I am wonderfully made.

What about you?
Whose value will you use to compare yourself?

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