Being Seen the Same by Him and by You

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.”

Official crest of The Salvation Army.

Official crest of The Salvation Army. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

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About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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6 Responses to Being Seen the Same by Him and by You

  1. cornelilioi says:

    THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY BLOG. WAS WRITE IN ROMANIAN LANGUAGE BUT SOME TIME NEXT WEEK I WILL TRANSLATE AND POST IN ENGLISH. GOD BLESS YOU.

  2. I think of Stuart Townend’s words in his ‘How Deep the Father’s Love’ . . .

    I will not boast in anything;
    No gifts, no power, no wisdom.
    But I will boast in Jesus Christ:
    His death and resurrection.

    I am nothing. I achieve nothing good.
    b-u-t . . .
    Since God gave His most precious for me, I am His treasure.
    I am His blood-bought, adopted child and He pours His love on me.
    Of myself, I am still nothing, but Christ in me achieves much.

    What a privilege to be used by Him!
    What an incredibly amazing God!

  3. ccragamuffin says:

    Hello…I am Christina…I am a me-aholic. And even more challenging…if I am trying to think less of myself…I am still thinking of myself. I am still SELF-centered. So…humility for me is not to think less of myself…rather, to not think of myself at all. But then I must receive “me” back from God, as His. Impossible for me. Possible for God. Thank you for naming the disease I fight.
    “Oh, to be saved from myself, dear Lord,
    Oh, to be lost in Thee;
    Oh, that is may be not more I,
    But Christ that lives in me.”
    A.A. Whiddington

  4. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Mike, thank you for sharing so honestly and yes we have all sinned some more then others and to say we don’t need Salvation is calling God a liar but then so is saying we can’t stop sinning when the Scriptures tell us no temptation will be greater then we can bear and that we are to reckon ourselves dead to sin, not say instead as some do that we continue to sin but its ok because we are forgiven. 1John3. When we deeply Love God we don’t want to hurt Him but what many think is that their weakness and shortcomings and other peoples are sin in God’s eyes. Sin is anything that does not come from Faith and this is always motivated by Love.

    Paul like all of us, battled with His flesh Romans 7 but showed us how to have the victory in Romans 8 & Galatians 5 and other Scriptures. We need to put our flesh to death by The Spirit, and as we choose to walk in His fruit He will empower us to be able to do so.

    Mike I have sinned more then anyone I know even when I called myself Christian and I don’t know why God has been so forgiving and why He has blessed me so much and why He took me back even though I hurt Him so much but that does not mean I’m now perfected in Love, but I’m aiming for it as He asks us to do. Philippians 3:13-15 – Hebrews 6:1 + other Scriptures. I choose not to sin and know that I won’t, not because I’m better then anyone else, I’m sure I’m less then most people but because I Love God with all my heart and never want to hurt Him again or others, when others hurt me I now choose to forgive them and walk on in Love, sadly what they do to others, they are doing to Jesus but like all sin except rejecting Jesus repentance brings forgivness.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

  5. Debby says:

    Such a beautiful, humble post. I’m most honored you included our little place and I feel deeply the sentiments you shared. “Hi, my name is Debby and I’m a meaholic.”

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