Journal: In Our Weaknesses

“The Cross also exposes me before the eyes of other people, informing them of the depth of my depravity. If I wanted others to think highly of me, I would conceal the fact that a shameful slaughter of the perfect Son of God was required that I might be saved. But when I stand at the foot of the Cross and am seen by others under the light of that Cross, I am left uncomfortably exposed before their eyes. Indeed, the most humiliating gossip that could ever be whispered about me is blared from Golgotha’s hill; and my self-righteous reputation is left in ruins in the wake of its revelations. With the worst facts about me thus exposed to the view of others, I find myself feeling that I truly have nothing left to hide.

Thankfully, the more exposed I see that I am by the Cross, the more I find myself opening up to others about ongoing issues of sin in my life. (Why would anyone be shocked to hear of my struggles with past and present sin when the Cross already told them I am a desperately sinful person?) And the more open I am in confessing my sins to fellow-Christians, the more I enjoy the healing of the Lord in response to their grace-filled counsel and prayers. Experiencing richer levels of Christ’s love in companionship with such saints, I give thanks for the gospel’s role in forcing my hand toward self-disclosure and the freedom that follows.” – Milton Vincent, The Gospel Primer

Part of what this “blog” is about is sharing our struggles. In fact, we don’t like calling it “blog” because it connotes garnering followers or teaching others (that’s why we called it “Online Journal” instead). Sure, it is encouraging when it happens. But it isn’t our primary purpose.
So when someone told me “You didn’t have to tell people your struggles or your weaknesses. What will they think of you?” I was confused. Have people somehow entertained the idea that being a Christian means being perfect?
Let me reiterate what Vincent says: “The Cross also exposes me before the eyes of other people, informing them of the depth of my depravity. If I wanted others to think highly of me, I would conceal the fact that a shameful slaughter of the perfect Son of God was required that I might be saved.” And again he says, “Why would anyone be shocked to hear of my struggles with past and present sin when the Cross already told them I am a desperately sinful person?”
As a Christian, I hold a banner that says “It took the death of God the Son to redeem a sinner like me. I am a very weak person…before, now, and always will be. But I am able to carry on purely because of God’s divine intervention and enabling through His grace. “

That’s why when Paul says to the church in Corinth “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9) I give my resounding AMEN! Because if in my weakness it shows His glory and that His power be with me, then I will boast all the more gladly of it.

Now Lord I would be Yours alone
and live so all might see
the strength to follow Your commands
could NEVER come from me.
O Father use my ransomed life
in any way You choose
and let my song forever be
my only boast is You.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s