Not Ashamed

For he who makes holy and those who are made holy are all of one family; and for this reason it is no shame for him to give them the name of brothers,” (Hebrews 2:11 – BBE)

My spiritual imperfections, to say the least, bug me. There are times when I say, think, or do the wrong thing in a way that makes my own stomach, head and feelings hurt.

I hate to fail. I’m uber-competitive in many ways. Over the years I have learned to scale back on unnecessary comments, discussions and involvements that rile up the ole’ competitive side in an unneeded and negative way. But I still have a ways to go.

After a decade of striving to live in and according to the way that’s found in God’s word I have to remember that the one who started my journey for me will be the one who finishes it for me. It took God’s grace to create the opportunity and it’ll take God’s grace to seal it up.

This in no way negates the exhortation of personal responsibility in Hebrews 2:1-3, but that exhortation in no way negates a personal reliance upon Jesus from the beginning of our sanctification to the end of it. For if Jesus was unashamed enough to come and save us from our sin, then reason says that he’s patient and unashamed enough to help us find our way out of it.

Because of this it was necessary for him to be made like his brothers in every way, so that he might be a high priest full of mercy and keeping faith in everything to do with God, making offerings for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17 – BBE)

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What has encouraged me lately in my fait…

What has encouraged me lately in my faith? When I read about all of the imperfections of people in both Old and New Testaments, and how God used them for His glory, I’m greatly encouraged, because I realize my own imperfections, knowing that the Great Potter is still molding and shaping me into the kind of person He wants me to be – http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/07/clay-in-the-potters-hands/.

I pray that I’ll remain that pliable clay in His hands and not hardened clay through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13).

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