March 23, 2017 | By Pastor Brent
Last Sunday we saw that perhaps the “good old days” weren’t as good as we thought. We saw that the church in the New Testament had many flaws. We saw that while our heroes of the faith had shining moments, they also had seasons marked with failure. Peter forgot the Gospel, Martin Luther became a racist and John Calvin burned Severus at the stake. We also talked about culture half a century ago; a time many people remember as being wonderful, free from so many of the challenges we face today. But have we forgotten about segregation? This should give us pause.
This teaches us that God uses imperfect people and imperfect churches in imperfect cultures. It also teaches us that we all have weaknesses. The problem is that we’re often so aware. We don’t even see our sin until it bites us. It’s in our blind spot. You know, like that car that your mirrors can’t spot when you change lanes.
What should we learn from this?
- Walk in humility. It’d be foolish to think we’ve got it figured out. We should show grace to others because we need grace, too. We need grace for things we don’t even realize.
- Let trusted brothers and sisters in the Lord speak truth into our lives. God forgives us all our unrighteousness through Jesus Christ, but sin still brings pain into our lives. It’s good and wise to let trusted believers hold us accountable and save us from avoidable pain.
- Rest in grace. None of us is perfect, and none of us will be until heaven. Until then, we walk in grace and say, “Thank You, Jesus. I’m not saved based on who I am or what I’ve done. I’m saved based on who You are and what You’ve done for me. I am safe in you."