God? Who needs him?
Measuring against God is risky business. I would rather measure myself against someone else. (Previous two blogs.)
The problem? If I accept God, I have to take his standard and be subject to his rules and authority. This immediately puts me at a deficit of magnanimous proportions. If I am standing on my own accomplishments and pride, I need to find another way, any other way out of such a standard. In all reality, that is the issue. Unmasked, unpopular, and undone pretty much sum up the feelings connected with such vulnerability, so why would I engage in such a journey?
Why would I go through such a feeling of smallness and weakness?
Rather, I want something that affirms my prowess. I want someone who affirms me and lifts me up. I want my personal graph to move up and to the right. I don’t want to talk about an accurate reading, and accurate emotional GPS especially when it includes words like; deficit, deficient, shortfall, need, help, or weakness.
So, why? The upside is fantastic!
The provision that God makes for those who fall short (of his standard, not ours) is unbelievably generous. He has known all along that we do not measure up. We cannot. He has just been waiting for us to realize and recognize it. Nothing in our life changes, nothing can be appropriated, nothing will genuinely transform until we do.
It is that simple. Recognize our need and receive un-proportional grace (God’s own enablement) to help.
Hello God, my name is Phil, I am so bent on doing my own thing, my own way on my own terms. I need help.
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