“Sin causes me to be all too convinced of my righteousness and too focused on your sin” – Paul Trip
I’ve heard many people talk about the humbling and conviction that comes along with marriage, and even more so in parenthood. And I believe it!
Just one month out from the wedding, I have started asking for the Spirit to work in me, show me my weaknesses, and humble me. I don’t want to be completely shocked by who I truly am when marriage comes along (mind you, I probably still will be).
Something incredible happens when you ask this. The sins of others become less, and you start to see yourself in a different light.
I see all the missed opportunities to serve, the times my attitude is all wrong, the limited time I spend with my Jesus and all the other more major downfalls of mine.
I have been praying this a lot over the past couple weeks, and the Holy Spirit continues to reveal things in my heart that are so icky, for lack of a better word.
My devotional yesterday started with the quote above, and went on to explain it in more detail and I was amazed by it all.
Paul Tripp pulls up Revelation 3:14-19 which says:
“These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.“
This is not a fun or an easy prayer, and I don’t believe it’s for the lukewarm, or faint-of-heart believers. It’s difficult to keep an eternal focus, it’s a work in progress. I’m a work in progress. And so are you.
Will you join me in this prayer to be disciplined, to be willing to repent, to be humbled and convicted?
It hurts, it’s challenging, but it’s worth it.
P.S. If you’re looking for a good devotional (and even if you’re not), New Morning Merices by Paul Tripp is phenomenal. I’m not making money off of this, I just have been truly inspired by his work!
Have a blessed day,