Flawed, but Incredibly Valuable
“For I know that in me (that is in my flesh) nothing good dwells. . . If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
— Romans 7:18 & 2 Corinthians 5:17
“The mind of a Pharisee thinks truth is more important than love, but Jesus showed us that love is the most important part of truth.”
— Adapted from Don Francisco’s Pharisiatis Test
Great athletes know that to separate physically from the pack, both exercise and proper nutrition go hand in hand. Focusing on only one aspect causes an unbalance. It takes both to thrive at a high level. Likewise, to become a warrior that’s fully engaged in the fight, we need both truth and love. We like the love part, but truth is sometimes hard to hear. Yet, we can’t grow and thrive in life unless both are active. Truth and Love are a powerful combination. Our tendency in today’s society is to build our self-esteem by pouring out praises; accentuating the positive, overlooking faults and imperfections. Instead of naming sin for what it really is, rebellion against God, we like to rename it to try and minimize our feelings of guilt. But sin is so serious, that Jesus had to endure the cross in order to deal with it.
The truth is that we are flawed and even when we try to do good we still fail. We can’t overcome this problem by speaking positively or pumping up our self-esteem or pretending our flaws don’t exist. This fact is not intended to result in you beating yourself up for being flawed, rather so you will grasp the truth that we are all sinners in need of someone to rescue us because we can’t rescue ourselves. We desperately need a savior.
The good news is; God understands who we are. “As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalms 103:13 & 14).
The better news is; God understands who we are and He loves us anyway! He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to pay the price of redemption that we could not possibly pay. God demonstrated“His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). We have incredible value because God created us and died for us.
Through embracing the whole truth – that we are flawed but through Christ we are incredibly valuable, we are free to come boldly to the throne of grace totally transparent and completely honest to obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need
The truth is, God “…made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). We are right before God because of Jesus and His love for us.
“Birds need two wings to fly. With only one wing, they’re grounded. The gospel flies with the wings of grace [love] and truth. Not one, but both.”
Prayer to IGNITE:
God thank you that my repeated failures can never drive me beyond the reach of your love. Thank you for sending Jesus to pay the price for my sins. I acknowledge that I am flawed, but I’m also incredibly valuable.