Minister’s forum: I’ve been a lousy witness for Christ
The New Year’s celebrations and resolutions: Stateline aside, (by the way I’ve lived here 29 years and I’ve yet to attend the annual mosh pit, is that a record?) I’d really like to get an accurate gauge on how many resolutions make it beyond January. By late January most of us are back to eating whatever it is we eat, and what we didn’t gain in the gym can still be made to look better with a little sun in June.
The Religion Page: I must admit I loathe the term “religious.” It makes it sound as if I can be good enough on my own. Oh I have high ideals, it’s just trying to live up to them that makes me cognizant of the other guy living inside me. I’d introduce you but they don’t allow cuss words on this page. It all boils down to the fact that I’m a pretty messed-up individual. Ask the wife, she’ll tell you, though she loves me deeply, and she’s fiercely loyal, she’s also exceedingly honest. I like her for that.
I digress, the misery that is actually me isn’t all that bad really, in fact it’s refreshing. I like owning my imperfections, and faults. You see I have learned to value honesty as well, particularly when it comes to me. It’s taken me years to discover. Yes, I know you saw it a long time ago, that’s partially why it took me so long. I didn’t want to give you the satisfaction of being right. But you were. I see that now, very clearly. Can I tell you sincerely that I’m sorry for all the arrogance, and pride, and malice, and indifference and, yes, the pretending, too.
I’ve been a lousy witness for Christ. Frankly there is little I have accomplished that honors His name. But you know what? I finally get it. I’m broken. There is precious little in me that is redeemable, but God came anyway, even for me. I was reminded of that yet again as I thought about God coming as a baby first to later die for me as a man. Why would he do that for someone like me? Well, Isaiah 57:15 tells me:
“For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, ‘I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite.'”
Brokenness. I’d highly recommend it. Oh, “King Kong,” too. It’ll make you move in your seat. See you next time.
-Dan Wilvers is a pastor at Sierra Community Church.
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