Thursday, July 24, 2014

Self-Congratulatory Christianity

This is what I am wearied of.  I am wearied of Self-Congratulatory Christianity.

I am wearied of all the talk about my growth, my progress, how I get to love and do X, Y, and Z.

It's all self congratulations.  It's all how great I am.  It's all how healthy my faith is.  How great my "walk" is.

And then I read this:

Matthew 9:10-13: 
And as Jesus[a] reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

See how good I am... see how I am making the most of my Jesus opportunities, see how healthy I am and how I'm becoming healthier day by day!

See how little I need Jesus -- congratulate me on how little I need Him anymore.  Congratulate how I don't need Him to come to me, a poor miserable sinner -- now I can give myself to Him, I grow closer and closer to Him all the time by my improvement and growth and my wisdom.

Jesus calls sinners.  Why would I congratulate myself on forgetting this fact?

1 comment:

Steve Martin said...

Because "He must decrease…and we must increase."


To listen to these "preachers" all dressed up like Moses, you'd think that is what John said.