In Chapter 8 (“And Forgive Us Our Sins: Be Repentant”) of The Wall Around Your Heart, Mary DeMuth opens by stating that when we’ve been hurt, it’s much easier to zero in on someone else’s heinous sins than to be aware of our own and confess those sin patterns. Yet, a healthy perception of our own shortcomings is pivotal in bringing us to the only place where we’ll find help and life: the cross.
Mary observes that the hallmark of growing, vibrant, infectious Christians is not their ability to resist temptation, but rather their willingness to repent, ask forgiveness, and move forward in the light of Jesus’ grace. In “Christian Perfection”, Oswald Chambers wrote about the “role” of perfection and pride in the kingdom of God:
“I am called to live in perfect relation to God so that my life produces a longing after God in other lives, not admiration for myself. Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. God is not after perfecting me to be a specimen in His show-room: He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He likes.”
The author asks us to think about people who most remind us of Jesus. The are infectiously grace-filled, willing to admit their shortcomings. In their presence we find a safe place to be ourselves, sensing the grace of Jesus that flows so freely.
Today’s question: What people in your life most remind you of Jesus? How have they helped you find a safe place to be yourself? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Playing the Holy Spirit”