Self-image through time

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Me and God

It makes sense to assert, and indeed it is true, that the more a person walks with God, in fellowship and in a growing relationship with Him, the better he or she becomes. We can say this process is called holiness or sanctification; we become more and more like Jesus.

However, I was reminded this morning that at the same time, as one grows in that knowledge and relationship with God, it appears that the more one realizes the presence of imperfections and sin. The more we approach the light, the more the dirt is evident; the whiter the snow on the field, the dirtier the sheep will look.

Apostle Paul’s example:

In around 56 AD while in his third missionary trip, Paul wrote the Christians in Corinth: “9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle” 1 Corinthians 15:9

Some 6 years later, In around 62 AD, while prisoner in Rome, he wrote the Christians in Ephesus: “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me” (Ephesians 3:8)

A couple of years later, in around 64 AD, still in Rome, he wrote to Timothy: “…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” (1 Timothy 1:15)

The questions pounding in my heart today are:

–          Do I see my sin (and how I deal with it) more seriously than -say, 8 years ago?

–          Have I become more or less tolerant with sin and everything that I do in my life that                         offends God?

–          Through the years, do I tend to look myself as Paul? (I need more of Jesus…) or do I have an-almost Pharisaical attitude of (How good and righteous I am!!)


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