I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins. – Isaiah 43:25
While most Christians may understand that it is God who delivers us from sin and the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ that makes this possible, some may miss His ultimate purpose in doing so. God “sweeps away transgressions and remembers sin no more,” but He does not do it for our sake. Yes, we are beneficiaries and recipients of His mercy and grace, but His purpose is His own. God redeems for His own name’s sake, for His own glory.
There is no such thing as a self-centered Christianity. God’s own glory must be the aim and purpose of all that He has done, including our personal redemption. To grasp this enduring truth is the essence of worship. To think otherwise is idolatry.
As harsh as it may seem, God is not interested in our “self-esteem.” Fact is, we see ourselves most clearly in relationship to our Creator. Absent that relationship, we can hardly see ourselves at all.
Most men seem to live to themselves, without much regard to the glory of God, or the good of their fellow creatures. – David Brainerd
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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