I have been struggling to communicate something that I have believed to be true, and is very important for us to grasp. It’s the paradox of only being able to know my infinite value if I realize that I actually have no value. No value apart from the grace of God, that is. Yes, it’s a tough one! It’s especially tough to explain when we are told – even in Christian circles – that we must have a “positive self image”, or “healthy self esteem.” But what if it’s esteeming myself – thinking that I’m good on my own – that blocks me from knowing my inherited goodness, my infinite worth as an adopted child of God!?
Once again, Oswald Chambers has put it so well in today’s reading from “My Utmost For His Highest” as he poetically describes “The Delight Of Despair”.
“Take a look at some of the things that cause despair. There is despair which has no delight, no limits whatsoever, and no hope of anything brighter. But the delight of despair comes when ‘I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells . . .’ (Romans 7:18)”
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I can more fully delight in God’s gift of Himself to me, as I come to grips with the fact that there is no delight to be found in me. I must despair my own bankrupt state apart from God, so that I can truly delight in being His son.
“He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30