Posted by: baptistthinker | July 2, 2010

The Progress Of The Month So Far

It’s two days into July, two days into my plan to use only Christian media in what I listen to and read. So far, it’s been fairly easy, although I did catch myself earlier today listening to a secular song. I have reached for the Bible more often, to study and to read, which I think is something good to have come of this so far.

I have been studying the book of Mark, chapter by chapter. So far, it’s not been a hugely in depth study, but I have learned some things that are giving me food for thought. I think that perhaps after this month is over, I will blog through at least part of the Gospel of Mark.

Yesterday, I stumbled across an e-book put out by the world’s most famous Christian blogger, Tim Challies. It’s a book called “Sexual Detox“, and deals with the issues of lust and pornography. There’s a version for single guys, and another for married guys. It’s a rather good read, and if you’re interested in the subject or know somebody who may be interested, this will be a good read for them. It’s short, but offers more resources at the end for men who struggle in this area.

I am preparing now to read “Radical” by David Platt. It comes highly recommended by many Christians that I know and trust. Most people I know that have started reading this book have had to put it down and spend some time in prayer, repenting of sin, before continuing. It’s said to be one of the best Christian books to have come out so far this year. I’m looking forward to reading it.

I’ve had opportunity to listen to any number of sermons so far, but have only actually listened to one. It was a sermon from Luke 6:36-50, on the woman who washed the feet of Christ with her hair and tears. In particular, this verse struck me, “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven–for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” (Luk 7:47 ESV). This was kind of an ironical picture of what was going on here in this situation. This woman, this notorious sinner, came into the house where Christ was dining, to wash him with her expensive ointment. When the Pharisee Simon saw her, he immediately assumed that he was much better than she. But Christ tells a parable, a kind of elementary parable, about two men who owed a debt, one owed a much larger debt than the other. But both were equally unable to pay that debt, and so would rightly face slavery for a time most likely in order to repay their debt. And in the parable, the man to whom the debt is owed chooses to forgive both men. Jesus asked Simon, “who do you think would be more grateful?” Simon answers “I suppose the one who owes the greatest debt”. But Simon completely missed the point. Both men owed a debt they could not pay. Both were going to face debtor’s slavery for their debt. Simon did not recognize that because they both were insolvent, they both faced the same punishment. And that both were granted mercy, should have made them both equally grateful. Simon missed that he owed a debt. He imagined that he could pay his own debt, but failed to recognize that before His Master, he was insolvent. He trusted in his own righteousness. In this, our Lord’s word’s come to mind, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”. As long as one trusts in himself and his own good deeds, he will never trust Christ, and will look on those who do trust Christ and love Him extravagantly with contempt. Simon saw the love of this woman for the one who saved her from her sins, but was blind to who Christ truly was. His love for Christ was more than little, it was none. He had nothing to be forgiven of, or so he thought. Because he trusted in his performance, he could not trust in Christ. Christ didn’t fit in with his picture of what a Savior should be. He didn’t like that Christ went among the sinners, and that Christ didn’t satisfy his requirements. He missed Christ at his dinner table.


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