Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Which Scorecard?

Seeing the beauty and giftedness in everyone is hard. Our modern society only values certain things and certain people. We keep "score" on things like: bank balance, cars, houses, clothes, investments, facebook friends, degrees, positions and so on, but we fail to see the 'awesomeness' in people that don't meet these requirements.

As Christ-followers we are called to live 'counter- culture' and so we need to be reminded of how Jesus sees us. He doesn't care about how we score on the things I have just mentioned - He cares how we love each other and how we respond to his grace. Christ asks us to have an eye for the broken, lost, hurting, lonely and 'ordinary' amongst us.

William Wilberforce puts it far more eloquently:

“We have different forms assigned to us in the school of life, different gifts imparted. All is not attractive that is good. Iron is useful, though it does not sparkle like the diamond. Gold has not the fragrance of a flower. So different persons have various modes of excellence, and we must have an eye to all.”

Never compare yourself with others using worldly standards - these merits will all fade away. Instead seek to live according to God's 'score card!' That's what will count in the end.

Romans 4:6-7 (Message)
David confirms this way of looking at it, saying that the one who trusts God to do the putting-everything-right without insisting on having a say in it is one fortunate man: Fortunate those whose crimes are carted off, whose sins are wiped clean from the slate. Fortunate the person against whom the Lord does not keep score.

Living in Grace

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