The Problem with Pedestals

“Jesus, however, did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and didn’t need anyone to tell him what people were like, because he himself knew what was in every person.” John 2:24

I have always been a relentless idealist.  I have sky-high moral standards for myself (and consequently spend a lot of time under self-condemnation) and very high standards for people in general.  I also have a habit of finding people who seem to embody my standards and putting them up on pedestals.  This is problematic for obvious reasons.  People inevitably fail and come crashing disastrously off of pedestals we try to make them balance on.

Jesus never did that.  He knew what was in people’s hearts.  A mix of the best of human nature and the worst.  Treasure along with trash.  Man- the image of God sullied by the fall, the tumble into sin and brokenness.

That truly is what makes the death of this perfect son of God extraordinary.  There was not one of us that was righteous.  Even the best of us have secret dark sides.  He saw all of that and loved us anyways.  He was perfect but he bore our sorrows, sins, and failures.  lightstock-2406-a-closeup-of-a-hammer-and-nails-with-cross-in-the-background

“Do not look to nobles, nor to mere human beings who cannot save.” Psalm 146:3

We all so desperately need grace.   Mercy pardons and grace goes above and beyond and blesses the undeserving lavishly. 

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7

I think love allows people (including self) to be a work in progress.

Lord, my prayer is that you would enable us to walk in the purity of your love.  Help us to freely give and receive of this most precious of gifts.  Help us to see through the eyes of your redemptive power and transforming grace.  In Jesus name, Amen.”

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