Saturday, July 16, 2011

Oh yeah, that's me

Read this. Personalize it, because it definitely applies to you. Me, too.

It's real easy to read the Bible and see myself as the good guys (in the places where there are any, of course). I can somehow relate to David, but can't imagine being one of the faithless multitudes cowering because of Goliath. I can see what all those people in scripture did wrong, and wonder how they cold be so foolish. Pointing out people making the same mistakes today? Oh, that's easy - far too easy.

But actually using scripture as a mirror and seeing reflections of my own sinfulness? Now that's a lot more of a challenge - not because it's difficult, but because it's painful. It also happens to be blessed and beneficial.

Sure, it's more fun to read scripture (or an open letter) and think of how awful those other guys are. But it's significantly better to diagnose my own sin, repent of it, and kill it.

1 comment:

Robert said...

This is the whole reason that we should be reading more Scripture. So that we can exmaine our lives and see where we need to put off the old man and put on the new. If we can not identify ourselves as the sinners in the Bible, then we might as well just identify ourselves with the scribes and Pharisees...and then give Matthew 23 a good reading and see if that's who we want to be.

Thanks for the post and the link to the one from Ligonier. I definitely need to keep this in mind for my own Bible reading. Which reminds me...I'm covering 1 Peter 3:7 with my family tonight. That should be convicting.