Ever wonder what people think of you…?

A member of our church recently loaned me a book entitled: A Gospel Primer for Christians. It is written by Milton Vincent, the pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Riverside, California. The book is a review of the gospel and its impact on the life of a believer. It does not just celebrate conversion, but encourages the believer to think of the gospel as the means by which he/she grows throughout their Christian walk. I have immensely enjoyed reading the book. Listen to Milton’s words as he reminds the believer that the cross exposes sin, so the believer no longer needs to live in a self-protective way…

The cross exposes me before the eyes of other people, informing them of the depth of my depravity. If I wanted others to think highly of me, I would conceal the fact that a shameful slaughter of the perfect Son of God was required that I might be saved. But when I stand at the foot of the cross, I am left uncomfortably exposed before their eyes. Indeed the most humiliating gossip that could ever be whispered about me is blared from Golgotha’s hill; and my self-righteous reputation is left in ruins in the wake of its revelations. With the worst facts about me this exposed to the view of others, I find myself feeling that I truly have nothing left to hide. (p.34)

As someone who struggles with craving human approval, how freeing to know that at the cross I am exposed. At the cross my worst sin is displayed as it is placed on Jesus. Now I am free to live by grace. Humbled by his mercy, I am enabled to live honestly before people because of the cross, without craving their approval! Thank you Jesus!

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