He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy,
by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
The goal was to reach the circle on the other side of the trees.
The talents were to help us get there, just a means to an end.
We hoarded our talents.
We wanted to use them (and we did), but we didn’t want to use them all up.
We wanted to arrive at the goal still holding on to each board, each rope, each ball. Why?
There was no greater reward for doing so.
Pride, perhaps? To do it like it had never been done before?
To do it perfectly?
Or do we get a lot of stress and tiredness, and ultimately, an ugly build-up of pride?
Remember the goal.
- It’s not to be so strong that we don’t need him.
It’s to let his strength shine through our weakness.
- It’s not to be saved through our own works.
It’s to be saved through his righteousness.
- It’s to look good ourselves.
It’s to honor the Father.
Don’t wait until your house is spotless before you invite over the neighbors.
Don’t wait until your ideal weight before you love your mate in the light.
Don’t wait until you’ve got it all together before you go to church.
Don’t wait until your life is sinless
before you give it over to Jesus.
Because you’ll always be waiting.
Always be hoarding.
And you’ll never delight in his grace.
Don’t hoard the pride.
Receive the grace.
It’s what you’ve been waiting for.
You can never use it all up.
For by grace you have been saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
not a result of works,
so that no one may boast.
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Yes, I struggle with perfectionism. You, too?
What helps you get over it?