Thursday, May 2, 2013
Incompetence is Expected
When man does things a degree of incompetence is expected. Luggage is lost, words are misspelled, and plans are not complete. Everyday of our lives is spent managing these problems to one degree or another. We double check things, rethink our plans and remind others not to forget details.
God is not like men in this way.
"This God - his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him." 2 Samuel 22:31 ESV
"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
How comforting that is...
"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple" - Psalms 19:7 ESV
Perfect words from a perfect person produce results.
Grace must flow from the perfect one. No one else would be qualified to give it. The acceptance of an incompetent person is just more compromise.
"And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption" 1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV
"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
What a miracle it is that forgetful people can receive grace and give grace. Somehow we are hidden in Christ and our blemishes are all covered by a robe of righteousness.
"Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago." Acts 3:19-21 ESV
It only takes doing this one time for it to be recorded on God's record books. We change our mind once. We let ourselves be persuaded once and that faith is accounted for righteousness.
"Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe" - Romans 3:22a KJV
But today can be a 'time of refreshing' if we remember what Christ has done. Our faults can be blotted out of our thinking. God's perfect word has power to cleanse our conscience of dead works... of dead thinking.
In our weakness we can be led into newness. We can speak words that are true and will be true forever. Our life is not one of endless correction... it is one of being clothed in perfection until perfection comes in it's fullness.
Until then we cover others as we have been covered. Love does that.