Yesterday's post at Christians in Context: from orthodoxy to orthopraxy:
Whatever thing I have denied my selfish desires, Christ denied more to condescend in human likeness and perfect humility.
Whatever temptation I have had to overcome, Christ overcame more on my behalf that he might present a perfect substitute for me before God.
Whatever pain I have endured—whether physical or emotional—in denying the longings of my body and mind, Christ endured more under the just wrath of God on the cross in my place.
Whatever loneliness I feel (imagine: the pathetic loneliness of one who is a temple of the Holy Spirit and a child of God), Christ felt more when the Father turned his back on him because of my sin.
Christ has made a way. He has given me his Spirit. Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe.
So grow up. Be a man. After all, "you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin" (Heb. 12:4).
For a deeper treatment, read The Mortification of Sin by John Owen.
- Chris Carr
- I am a husband to Eva, father of 4, pastor, and most of all passionate follower of Jesus Christ. The focus of my life is to make the most of every opportunity God gives me to bring glory to Him. Outside of the time spent in my role as a pastor, I spend most of my time with my family -- a good deal of that coaching various sports teams that my children are involved with. Every fall and winter you will find me rushing to the woods of Indiana and West Virginia in search of a monster whitetail buck.