Much of what I do is directly opposed to the gospel of Grace.
"Whatever past achievements might bring us honor, whatever past disgraces might make us blush, all have been crucified with Christ" - Brennan Manning
As much as I fight the traditional "church speak", I cannot help but see the truth in this statement.
How do I rank myself? Must I continue to compare myself with other people?
I have spent the last 18 years in school. What do I have to show for it? A college degree and a sweet resume. Achievements are written onto pieces of paper and cap & gown pictures are in a frame.
Jesus spent most of his time with those who society looked down upon. How was that a resume builder? Jesus did not climb the ladder of social status. He ended his life with people yelling at him. Yet his story and life are a revolution of love. More people have been changed by this one man than by anybody else. Hang out with the outcasts and change the world forever. It is revolutionary.
I am still processing through this concept as it has invaded my mind again (thanks to Manning's Ragamuffin Gospel).