Have you ever had a thought or understanding formulate in your mind to the point where you can sense some of the parts but you haven’t really put it all together?
That seems to be happening to me as of late, and these thoughts or snippets of understanding seem to be focused on God’s goodness, God’s love and God’s grace that He so often gives us. Grace that I see in the lives of some of my Christian brothers and sisters and God’s grace that I see that He showers on me. I don’t deserve any of it, none of us do and yet I welcome it because it speaks to me of forgiveness, mercy and the beautiful holiness and love of God that makes all of what I see in myself and others, make sense.
I don’t know how many times I have prayed for understanding, suffice to say a lot. I strongly dislike not understanding. I dislike not fully understanding myself and I dislike not fully understanding others. But most of all, I dislike not fully understanding my Creator and my Savior.
1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
When I look into the innocence of a child’s face I see what is, before the world changes it. When I see the wisdom and beauty of faith in some of my Christian brothers and sisters, I see what I can be in Christ, like they have become in Christ. The faith, humility and beauty of their faith sometimes leaves me in awe. Special people, that were just like you and I once, but now they have moved on to a higher awareness, and it shows.
The Apostle Paul said that it was not good to compare ourselves to one another.
Galatians 6:4-5 NIV “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.”
When we compare ourselves with others we have a tendency to become judgemental. We think of ourselves as maybe a little better or maybe a little below them. The remainder of that verse above also states “for each one should carry their own load“.
That last part is really the kicker. That’s you and that’s me. None of us are perfect, not in ourselves, not even close. Our thoughts, our desires, our actions, all fall short. And the scary part is that most times we are not even aware of the shallowness of our own thoughts, desires and actions.
We all carry our own load, without exception. There is a great space or distance between the holiness and goodness of God and us, each one of us, even as believers who have yet to be perfected in these bodies.
1 John 2:1 NIV ” My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
1 John 1:8-9 NIV “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. “
Hebrews 10:14 NIV “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
I see a great pot (the church, the body of Christ) and we as Christians are all in that pot. And we’re all concerned about this one and that one, while the whole time, it is Jesus that holds that pot that we’re all in and He and He alone lifts that pot to the Father so that we are accepted in the Father’s sight. We are accepted in the Father’s sight because Jesus earned the right to bring and lift us up to the Father. We are accepted in the Father’s sight because Jesus alone paid the price so that we could be in that pot, and be presented to the Father, being perfect in Christ while being made holy.
So I’m grateful to be in that pot. I’m grateful that God’s love, mercy and forgiveness was and is expressed solely in the person of Jesus Christ. I’m grateful that through God’s grace I jumped into that pot. I’m grateful that my confessed imperfections are forgiven and I’m grateful that I can literally experience the love of God, here, now, even while I am being made holy, even while imperfect me is in this pot with my imperfect brothers and sisters.
Perspective can be a beautiful thing.
Worthy is the Lamb. Blessings!