Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dirty Hand Confession

The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. (Luke 15:21)


He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. (Ephesians 4:28)


It's amazing how the Holy Spirit convicts.  A sin that I committed a long time ago is coming back to haunt me.  It is always in the back of my mind.  Yet subtle enough that I do not give concern of it.  As tonight, though my heart ain't burden by it, I have to ask for forgiveness and make right a wrong I committed when I was at youth.

Oh the humiliation of a dirty hand confession..... needed for reconciliation and a living worship that brings Glory to His Name.

A mark of a mature or growing Christian is a need to repent and to reconcile.  

Not just repentance but to make right a wrong he committed.  Though this might be the most embarrassing moment, it is also the most liberating.  One ought to remember that Jesus suffered the sins from our Father's wrath.  As such, why shouldn't we go and reconcile those sins which we committed before we were adopted? 

It is only through before the Cross. When the Son of God is mocked, ridiculed, scorn, even begotten by His own Father, we see the joy in carrying our cross which is liberating to the soul.  For Jesus already paid the ultimate price.  The only innocent man carry the weight of the world's guilt.  How can we not carry the 'suffering' of the gospel in return?!?

A desire to be His disciple.   A redeemed sinner who counted his costs.  The desire to choose the path of faith and not the path that give delight to the eyes.  A grateful soul who experienced the overwhelming grace with such force that crush his harden walled up heart and cause him to fall down on his knees and bring tears of joy....

Repentance is not a sign of weakness.  It is a sign of strength and it is liberating.  
[Not my words. Summarize it from Tim Keller's sermons on The Prodigal God]

1 comment:

Tara said...

Oh I listened to one of his sermons lately, funny as I usually don't listen online to sermons. Anyways it was on the blessing of Jacob. Hmmm I may have to listen to that one.
Thanks for all the good resources.