I deeply appreciate Pastor John Ortberg’s passion and transparency. Do you see yourself as a mess?
When we think long and hard about our own lives, we must come to the same conclusions that we are self-destructive, other-destructive, God-ignoring, sin-chasing, temptation-flirting, time-wasting, Scripture-avoiding SINNERS!
True, if we have trusted Christ, we are new creatures. But the old nature, the old man, is ever present with us and he has not retired! We must fight sin with all the might God gives us. We must turn away from temptation with utmost ferocity. We must humble ourselves before the God-who-pardons and ask for strength not to be who we naturally are and oftentimes simply want to be.
May I suggest you (and I) begin this brand-new year with the resolution: “I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE WHO I AM BEFORE GOD (both fallen and redeemed) AND WILL STRIVE TO RECOGNIZE AND TURN TO THE LORD DAILY FOR THE MESS THAT I AM.”
How about you?