I submit to you, dear brothers and sisters, that it is about time that we stop worshiping those who didn’t do more than was humanly possible with their lives. Let me explain. There are countless examples of people who were born with the right combination of circumstance, health, ambition, mental capability, discipline and luck in this life and have gone on to do incredible things without the help of Jesus our Lord. These should be applauded for their efforts, but should we, as Christians, aim to be like them? Mahatma Gandhi comes to mind. He is credited with peacefully overthrowing British rule in India, and confessed on record to admiring Jesus, but did he do more than was humanly possible? What would his life have looked like had he the Holy Spirit resting upon him, dwelling in him and working through him?

Throughout the Bible we have many examples of men and women doing more than was humanly possible as they walked with God. Abraham and Sarah had children way too late, Noah saved the human race, David killed Goliath, Peter walked on water, Paul went from killing Christians to writing a bunch of the New Testament… and Jesus did a lot of stuff too. As believers what are we aiming for? Are our lives marked by and rooted in the promise that with God all things are possible? All things!

Mercy triumphs over judgment! -James

I was thinking about this statement and I think this is true because while judgment confines, mercy enables. A judge convicts and punishes based on the law, a man must stay within the confines of the law in order to escape judgment. Many will argue that mercy enables subsequent and greater evils, but will fail to recognize that it also enables reconciliation, restoration and regeneration. And in fact, in a universe where the very fabric of reality cries the wages of sin is death, reconciliation, restoration and regeneration are only possible where mercy is granted. Judgment by definition and by nature is a limiting force, mercy frees and empowers.

Possible: All things

When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. (Bonhoeffer) When Christ is seated on the throne of ones life, he initiates the end of many things. The end of pride, of self-sufficiency, self-centeredness, and the old man — and this death is painful. But his coming also signifies the end of impossibilities and scarcity; the end of limits—limits on time, money, energy, and love. We spend much of our lives aiming to fulfill the worldly mandate to Be All You Can Be, when in fact the Heavenly mandate is Be More Than You Can Be, for it isn’t you that’s working, but Christ in you. Many of us settle for being better—better than we were, better than the world—but, if I’m not mistaken, we’re called to be Perfect, Good (not just “good, compared to those people”). Mercy keeps us from death in spite of sin, Grace calls us higher up and further in, beyond not-dying, to the abundant Life and good works for which we were created.


~ by justinhong on May 17, 2010.

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