Thursday, March 15, 2018

Second Nature: CONFESSION

If there is one discipline that we run away from more than others it has to be the discipline of confession. We'd rather keep our mistakes and brokenness in the dark and to ourselves. 

Each week as a corporate body we recite a corporate confession. This week we will pray together, "we crowd our lives with so much activity, that it is hard to find time for you. We become so focused on ourselves, we can overlook those around us who are searching for hope. We fill our spiritual emptiness with junk, rather than feasting on your Word." It is difficult for us to name where we fall short. We like Adam and Eve continue to hide in our shame wishing... as many churches now do... that we might take away the Prayer of Confession. 

Yet we must name where our culture is leading us astray. We exist in a punitive and judgemental society. The idea that we call prisons correctional institutions is kind of laughable. 

So when we talk about naming our mistakes and our brokenness we must begin with the cross. 

How odd that Jesus took the death penalty... at that time the cross was the most punitive way of dealing with petulant abusers of the law... as a symbol and a message to the rest of society... that if you act up and make a mistake... this will be you. 

Jesus takes an archetypal, punitive symbol and uses it to display the fullness of love, grace, and forgiveness. 

We confess our sin because we believe God will forgive us and free us. It is in our confession that we are transformed into more of a likeness of Christ.

If you want to be healed don't run away and hide your brokenness and mistakes... instead run to the one whose mercies are from everlasting to everlasting.