Monday, 21 May 2012
07:05:27 AM (GMT)
"I am what I am. I can't change. I am hopeless"
Most of us have felt this way. Doomed to a self-fulfilling prophesy. Some of us
therefore feel the only way out is to go home permanently, to escape ourselves.
We are born searching for significance. We tend to measure ourselves by our past,
and we become glued to certain events which haunt us. We behave in a manner
persistent with how we think we are. I am a pretty good example of this. We act to
fit the image we, through looking in the past, assign to ourselves.
Some of us are stuck being who we do not want to be: Some of us are stuck being
victims. Some of us are stuck betraying others and pushing them away. Some are
forever passive, knowing that if they take risk, they may fail.
The truth is regeneration and adoption.
At the time Galatians was written, the heir of an estate is not an official heir
until he reaches the age set by his father.
Galatians 4:1-7 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no
different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to
guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were
underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. 4 But
when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the
law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6
Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit
who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child;
and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
We are not simply forgiven. We are accepted as we are. My standing with God is not
based on my acts. It never was.
If we value ourselves as we believe the one who we value most sees us. Then
shouldn't our most valued person be God? There is nothing I can do to make God love
me more. And there is nothing I can do to make God love me less.
Church is change. You can change. I can change. You and I are changed.
It is difficult, but we can do this.