Kori and I are being discipled by the gospel (through Sonship, with one of our wvpc elders and his wife).
Todays glorious reminder:
The great paradox of the kingdom concerns the weak, strong, right, and wrong. The paradox is this: Those who are strong and right are weak and wrong. And those who are weak and wrong are right and strong. What does this mean? There are two great drives in our hearts: the one to be strong, the other to be right…
Nevertheless, as we place ourselves in the position of strength and righteousness, we are actually distancing ourselves from grace and from the Spirit’s power in our lives – for Jesus tells us that his power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). By taking the position of being right and strong, we also distance ourselves from other people, especially those close to us.
O so true. O so much struggle I experience and see in others precisely due to family, interpersonal power-struggles and self-righteous defenses. God make us pliable and soft and aware of how Jesus’ righteousness is given us in the gospel! Why do I have to be right in any argument, as regards any issue or conviction? God make us pliable and soft and aware of how Jesus’ resurrection power is promised us in the gospel! Why do I scratch and claw through a difficult world on my own strength?
Thankful for Jesus!
Hebrews 10:14 – [my translation] In Christ and by his single, perfect sacrifice, God is perfecting forever those whom he is now making holy.
In other words, those who are forever righteous in Christ GET to see and savor and believe it through the struggle of denying our own deceitful and nonexistent righteousness and strength which propels us to look to him. Beautiful gospel.