Some people say Christianity is a crutch and it’s intended as an insult.
In our self-reliant, independent, pull yourself up by your boot-straps culture, this is offensive.
Last December, I shared about my son’s foot surgery which included a bone graph and metal implant. Following the surgery, he wore a cast and then a walking boot and now is walking quite well. Praise the Lord!
So guess what that means?
It’s time to do surgery on the other foot! 🙁 Later this month, we will do it all. over. again. (Please pray for us!)
When Alex began using his crutches, he was slow and it was difficult. But by the end of four weeks, he was cruising at top speed through the house! Thank goodness for the crutches!
So if crutches are helpful and good – why is it an insult to call Christianity a crutch?
This past week the Good Morning Girls read Matthew chapters 1 through 5.
In Matthew 5, Jesus went up on the mountainside to deliver the ultimate sermon, the Sermon on the Mount.
These are the words he chose to say first…
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
In the Greek, blessed means happy and poor in spirit means humble.
Happy are the humble.
Those who recognize their spiritual poverty and need for a Savior, will inherit the kingdom of heaven.
Abraham was poor in spirit when he said to God, “who am I but dust and ashes”. (Genesis 18:27)
Jacob was poor in spirit when he said, “I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant.” (Genesis 32:10)
Moses was poor in spirit when he said, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt? . . . Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Exodus 3:11; 4:10).
John the Baptist was poor in spirit when he said, “He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.” (Matthew 3:11)
Who is blessed? Not everyone. Only those who acknowledge their inadequacies, their impurity, and their powerlessness to save themselves.
Those who can admit they are…
Crippled by sin.
In need of a Savior.
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
Matt Chandler says:
This realization should create humility in us and cut the legs out from under Christian swagger and arrogance. We didn’t do anything. We got saved by God. We didn’t pull ourselves out of the muck and the mire. We were pulled out of the muck and mire. We were stuck. He unstuck us. We were dirty. He cleaned us.
We didn’t pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. That’s not the gospel. We were rescued and saved by grace alone through faith alone while we were still weak. God alone gets the glory.
When we understand that, we stop leaning on the fragile, pathetic crutches of work, family, money, possessions or ministry that we have used to validate ourselves. We repent before the Lord and begin to find satisfaction in Him.
We are all crippled.
Christ is our crutch. He bears the weight of our brokenness.
This is grace.
Grace speaking into our darkness, guilt and shame.
Grace speaking into our fears and failures.
Grace speaking into our hurts and trials.
Jesus did not say – don’t think low of yourself – you are wonderful! You are talented! You are great!
No instead he says:
I love you.
I forgive you.
I will help you.
You are not alone.
Are you weary?
Lean on me.
Let’s put an end to hobbling around. Let’s put an end to self-righteousness. Let’s put an end to self-sufficiency.
Happy are those who lean hard on Jesus!
Walk with the King,
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