GodReflection: Conflict Zones
I don’t have to read too far into Jesus sermon on the mountainside to see his perfection and my imperfection. The contrast becomes clearer as I follow Jesus earth walk.
I read his command to Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). In such a text I see Jesus perfection and my imperfection. His teaching illustrates the life I live within a conflict zone.
I see King Jesus bend over to wash dirty feet and hear his words framed for future centuries. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet (John 13:14).
It doesn’t take too complete of a self-audit to admit to the countless feet I’ve failed to wash. Jesus says but I don’t.
Could it be that performance Christianity is a burden we’ve bought into from pulpits, from others and from ourselves? Don’t you suspect Jesus knows perfection is beyond our reach?
To make perfection my goal instead of Jesus makes it easier for me to deceive myself with the belief that my good works merit my salvation. When I start to list my victories my reality mirror becomes fogged over.
In that moment I fail to see myself as a helpless sinner for whom Christ went to the cross and arose from the tomb. Jesus loves the helpless.
Nothing could be more obvious throughout Scripture. Both Father God and Son Jesus seek believers with hearts who want to increase their beats to be more in rhythm with the Holy. The helpless seek the helper.
The life of a disciple is lived daily in this Conflict Zone. We see the perfection of Jesus in his life and in his teaching. He was the only man to walk this earth in perfection.
By his indwelling Holy Spirit not only are we drawn to that perfect life but through a power not our own we grow in Jesus likeness. And, even as that takes place, all the while we stumble and fall within the secure grace of Jesus.
We Love the Lord our God, yet there are corners within our heart that we haven’t yet wrestled from Satan’s control. We want to Love the Lord our God with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind, however we know there is room still to increase with all our soul, with all our strength and with all our mind.
Let’s commit to keep hearts in tune with what Jesus says as we walk on planet earth.
And, may we look forward to Jesus return when all will be restored and we will walk with our Savior without a misstep. All he says we will do gladly in holy perfection.
It is a grand time to anticipate don’t you think?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Jesus Says but I Don’t Do