I wonder just how often I step into the blogosphere, deposit a bit of Scriptural bias, and never consider that only a rare few who read my words know anything about this man of many failures. When you read my words do you hear me saying, instead of what I’ve written, “Oh God, I am sure thankful that I’m not like all of these sinners”?
I sincerely hope not, and please know, if so, it was never meant to be that way. The beauty of the gospel is found in Jesus alone. As miraculous as its life-changing power is, as a gospel recipient, I pray I would never find myself better than the plea, “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.”
If we are to find ourselves really living in grace land, as one of my favorite bloggers titles her site, we’ll probably have to journey there through much Christ-like humility. As a laborer within the ranks of the Salvation Army, Debby often shares stories that are very foreign to my own lifestyle. She writes of those who struggle with life-destroying addictions, and of her ministry to reach them and offer the good news of grace.
In reality though, her stories shouldn’t be foreign to me. While there aren’t as of yet offered any help groups for addictions to pride and selfishness, maybe there should be. Possibly we could introduce ourselves with the common phrase, “Hello. My name is mtsweat and I am a me-aholic.”
Debby leaves me with a sobering statement, “We have a program too. We followers of Jesus. Because it’s hard out there. Out there where we so easily fall victim to greed and gossip. Or apathy. I’m only different in that my failures have been kept quiet. It’s like that for most of us. The envy, hate or whatever it is that haunts us makes me no different. Just more presentable. Not to God but to you.” The article, “Thanks for Having Me Back” can be found here.