The Men of Iron Minute
by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation
Deformed Wires of Grace
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been doing some work around the house, so I am in full home-improvement mode. It started with cleaning up a much-neglected shed while freeing it from some unwanted critter that had taken up residence, and now, I have started to do some painting inside the house. I finished one room, and now I am tackling the living room. So, one by one, I am making some progress. Our house has some peculiar features, but one is a real head scratcher. Every (and I mean every) outlet is wired upside down. As annoying as that is, painting gives an opportunity to right the wrongs, and because I am the resident painter, it’s my problem.
I am an amateur in the world of electricity. I fumble through the rewiring of the outlets like televangelists fumble around the truth. Each wire must be reformed and bent to connect with the new receptacle. Wires will never be straight again. No matter how much time and effort, the wires are forever bent by the forces that acted upon it. Over the years, I have witnessed a strange correlation. Every person has been twisted and deformed by sin, and many try to straighten themselves out without God’s help. Though they may be genuine and resolved in their attempts, this never works. They will be forever “bent” by the forces of sin while they live here on the earth. The flesh and Spirit are at war for a Christian’s hope, peace, and future. From soul to soil, we have all been tainted by sin. The forces of sin’s nature frustratingly render our self-willed attempts at freedom beaten and still “missing the mark”. Alas, there is grace for those struggling with sin’s grip and the fleshly struggle. Grace is the reminder that we are not as we should be, and grace gives the call to change. At just the right time, grace provides us with the power to do it.
The heart of a Christian must resist attempts at straightening ourselves out,
and surrender ourselves to the Spirit so he can reform us more into His likeness.
Rest easy in this truth.
“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” Jerry Bridges
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