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Topic: Pros and Cons (08/14/14)
By Jason Barnett
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Of course, the pastor jokingly made those statements, but hidden in the humor was an element of truth. Jesus really does love monsters. During his time on earth, Jesus hung out with the tax collectors, beggars, and thieves. His everyday companions were uneducated grunts of society, who Jesus later entrusted to spread the Gospel. Even to this day, Christ still chooses to work with the scum and unwanted members of society to build his kingdom
Why? Any coach, general, or CEO would say it would be wiser to pick from the cream of the crop, but God chooses the monsters. God uses the least of humanity because they recognize that apart from Christ they cannot achieve the standard God has set for each of us. Too many “church people” parade around with their chest puffed up in hopes the world will put them on a pedestal. Meanwhile the “monsters” display the love of Christ, and all they can do is give God the glory because they are still in awe that He accepts them for them.
The believer who walks around proclaiming to be a professional Christian is not displaying the image of Christ. They are showing the world that they have a heart full of selfish pride. To be Christ-like, we should have the heart like the person who the church is afraid will walk through their doors, because in reality the pride filled pro Christian is a con, parading around pretending to be something they are not.
What are you, a conman pretending to be a pro? Or a monster that recognizes the need for Jesus in their life? You can read your Bible everyday, attend church every time the doors are open, and donate millions of dollars to the ministry, masquerading as angels of light. But in a reality their daily walk is joyless and empty because pride has blinded them to their actual identity as monsters. In the end we are all monsters, not worthy of the grace given to us and unable to accomplish anything good apart from Christ. When are hearts are completely surrendered to that fact, the Spirit of God will begin to reflect the image of the Master, because Jesus loves monsters.
EPHESIANS 4:15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in ever way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. (NLT)
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