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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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February 7, 2013 - Fess Up

By Scott Harrup

The news last month that cyclist Lance Armstrong was finally admitting his use of performance-enhancing drugs was disappointing but no big surprise. I think I'm part of a very large crowd when I cynically expect athletes on the cutting edge of human endurance to hide some level of "self-medication." If an athlete's performance is superhuman, my thinking goes, it's probably fueled by a chemical accelerant.

But I don't believe I'm being cynical when I connect Armstrong's delayed confession to every last one of us in the human race.

Confession may be good for the soul, but it absolutely wreaks havoc on the ego.

Yet, confession is foundational to the life change God desires to bring about in each of us. When any one of us reaches that point when we recognize our sins and our utter inability to make them right, we have an amazing opportunity. We can confess that reality to God, receive His forgiveness through Christ, and begin life anew.

As God's redeemed children, we also have a mandate to live humbly and honestly before others. To truly communicate the gospel demands our admission that our own experience of salvation is undeserved and only possible through God's grace and love.

One of Jesus' parables contrasts a very religious guy who thought God was lucky to know him with another man who desperately sought God's favor but realized he'd made a mess of his life. (You can read the narrative in Luke 18:9-14.)

Jesus wanted to make the point that all of us have made a mess of our lives, but humble confession of that fact opens to us the floodgates of God's grace.

I hope, for Armstrong's sake, his season of confession leads to something spiritually deeper than a relaxed ban on his competing. And I'm reminding myself to acknowledge my spiritual need before God and take every opportunity to share the truth of His transforming work in my life.

-- Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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