Offended, affronted and sons of the slave woman
Sometimes we are affronted. We cling to the notion of entitlement. Our entitlement. Acquired as a result of our own additions. Like religious routines, sabbaths, rites and behaviours. We can be aghast that we have been bound to futility when we could have allowed Christ to come in our flesh – so that Jesus could just be us.
Picking up bags of sand. Taking them away and an bringing them back again ad infinitum
Richard Rohr writes “Those of us who claim to believe in God more often than not deny that “we are already his children” (1 John 3:1) and create arbitrary hoops to jump through—at which few fully succeed if they are honest. So my moral self, which is always in flux, becomes the measure, and we have again lost any Absolute Measure. It seems the False Self would rather have very few “wins” than let God win with everybody. This is my sad conclusion after a life time of working in many churches on many continents, and it is summed up in an often murdered text by most preachers and translators: “I am calling all of you, but so few of you allow yourselves to be chosen” (Matthew 22:14). (1)
You can choose your own reality.
Its Him or you
A moral self will never be the true self and not only because the morality cannot be maintained or attained. In the quest to make a godly self we will either persist with the pursuit because we are too afraid not too or make a righteousness so small that even cat could lie on it as a mat. Righteousness, life, Godliness and sonship are a person and all summed up in the person of Jesus Christ. The self is only ever real when Jesus is our life and we are only Godly when we are Him. With Jesus as our life we are us. We are Paul, John, Ingrid, Steve and Cynthia and in being so are sons and daughters of God. (1) Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The search for our true self . SPCK. Kindle Edition.