Friday, July 09, 2010

.I missed the Point.

Even recently as I have loathed my sin in the face of my Creator, as I have humbled myself to the reality the my Father sent His Son for my redemption... and I am so ungrateful, so unchanged, so desperate... Amid all that, I missed the point... Again!

So what's the point? The point is that while, yes I am wicked and desperately need a Savior, and yes He is compassionate to bear my sin... that NO, it was not about me.

Why, when I speak of all the most amazing, life-transforming things that happened and are happening to me do I finish with me... a feeble (let's be honest-pathetic), stubborn, prideful, selfish, wreck of a human being. Here is the Truth: God rescued me to bring glory to Him... and in the grand scheme of things... it is neither about me or for my glory!

David Platt says it like this:

If you were to ask the average Christian sitting in a worship service on Sunday morning to summarize the message of Christianity, you would most likely hear something along the lines of "The message of Christianity is that God loves me enough to send His Son, Jesus, to die for me."

As wonderful as this sentiment sounds, is it biblical? Isn't it incomplete, based on what we have seen in the Bible? "God loves me" is not the essence of biblical Christianity. Because if "God loves me" is the message of Christianity, then who is the object of Christianity?
God loves me.
Christianity's object is me.

Platt later says "But this is not biblical Christianity." He proposes that "the message of biblical Christianity is 'God loves me so that I might make Him--His ways, His salvation, His glory, and His greatness--known among all nations."

So What Now?
God did not send His Son because He loves me? Well, yes He did... but only because His love is consistent with His nature. In the end... it's not about me (or you). It's about Him... His glory.

And God, may I never see it as about me again... may I see it as Your glory shown through Your work in... a fool. It's all about You, Jesus.


Sandra said...

An example for marriage, right? Christ died for us, we should live for Christ and focus all of our actions towards pleasing Him. Husbands and wives should be willing to die for each other and focus their actions towards pleasing each other... NOT themselves.

I struggle with this because I feel like if I can't accomplish something to perfection, then why try? I'll always find selfish thoughts and actions that I wish weren't there. We'll be perfect in His glory someday, right? :-)

Renee' said...

Just read these words last night, and tossed and turned all night because I finally GOT IT. Oh I knew it before but last night I finally GOT IT. The point of the gospel is God. So glad I found your blog... Renee'