Read Devotion #13 in Come With Me Devotional
I cringe when people make noise when they eat.
I have a temper that can flash.
I eavesdrop on other people’s conversations.
I hide my favorite gum or candy so that others can’t find them.
Sometimes I’m impatient.
I am tempted to pull away from you if I feel hurt by you.
There’s more to this list, and rather than trying to out myself to you, I’m sharing the fact that we are all human. We try to do better and we grow, because it matters.
But at some point we will fall short. If someone looks at me and thinks that I’m worthy of following, it’s the last thing I want. As much as I love Jesus, I will never be Jesus.
And thank goodness, he doesn’t ask us to be.
In today’s devotion, Peter is struck by his own humanity in Luke 5:8-9. When he sees what Jesus can do, and who he is, he feels every wart, failure, and imperfection in comparison.
It was enough to make him want to run the other way.As much as I love Jesus, I will never be Jesus. And he doesn't expect me to be.… Click To Tweet
Today’s invitation is to stop trying to be Jesus.
I want to be like him. I want to reflect him. Yet if my goal is perfection or to be a second Jesus, I’ll not only fall short, I’ll live my faith measuring myself against an impossible standard.
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)
This invitation frees us to follow the example of Christ, and invite others to join in. This means that, instead of trying to be perfect or creating man-made standards for myself and others, I follow him.
I will celebrate the amazing truths I learn from Jesus with you. I’ll weep with you when I fall short. We’ll learn together. We’ll make mistakes and grow through them.
Turn toward Jesus, rather than away
When I fall short, or realize how flawed I am, I won’t spend one minute beating myself up. Instead, I’ll turn toward him.
He is everything I need.
He is my example.
He is the one who loves me, right where I am, and sees who I can be as I follow him.
He is also the one who changes my heart, who changes me, as I follow him.
A few years ago a close friend told me that she and another believer spent time telling each other how messed up they were. “It’s a lesson in humility,” she said. They spent one hour each week tearing each other down. They revealed every shortcoming about each other. They reminded each other of what a worm they were compared to God.
I wanted to cry because, Instead of turning in awe toward Jesus, she had embraced humiliation, thinking somehow it was humility.
Humility is understanding our limits and flaws, with an appreciation of what God can do in spite of them. It’s not beating ourselves up. It’s not living in shame. It’s not raising expectations so that we can somehow be holy.Humility should never be confused for humiliation. #ComeWithMeDevo Click To Tweet
It’s a simple, beautiful awe of who Jesus is — and who we are to him. It’s life changing. It’s faith changing.
Stop trying to be Jesus, and love him fully. That’s our invitation.
Will you say yes?
21 Life Changing Invitations as We Walk with Jesus
Invitation #13: Turn toward him, rather than away
- What does the word “awe” mean?
- What might it look like to be in awe of Jesus, rather than afraid of him?
- You lose your temper with someone you care about.
- Describe two responses. One, in which you list your flaws and beat yourself up. Two, you turn toward Jesus.
- Which has the power to change you, and why?
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Watch and listen to this teaching on “Come With Me.” Shared at She Speaks 2016 in NC. Praying this encourages you today.