Thursday, November 18, 2010

To be looked at by God

From "Permission to Speak Freely" by Anne Jackson

"Sometimes we've been churches that preach a grace up front for those who aren't Christians and grace at the end for those who follow the rules and are "good Christians," but we've tragically neglected the people in between. The truth is that none of us, even on our best, "holiest" days - the days we don't cuss or look at porn or yell at our spouse or at the idiot who cut us off in traffic - even our best days aren't holy enough to be looked at by God.

That's why there's the Cross. And that's why we all need it for both our brokenness and our righteousness."

The book says that ALL my righteousness is like soiled rags.

As Tim Keller puts it in his book - The Prodigal God

"Pharisees only repent of their sins, but Christians repent of the very roots of their righteousness too."

Thank you God that your grace met my brokenness but it also meets my selfish righteousness too opening the door for me to appear in your view.


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