I am ashamed to admit this, but since I want to live an authentic life… here it goes… just the other day I was looking at a group of people in judgement and feeling superior. Immediately these feelings caught my attention and I felt shame. I mean, who do I think I am? I am nothing if not for the grace of God. Nothing on my own. Nothing.
In those moments of feeling remorse and apologizing to God my mind was flooded with ways that we are all the same. All of us, 7 billion people riding around the sun together.
Let’s start with the obvious. We all breath air and need it to live. Same with food, water and shelter— these are all things we need.
Next only to the basic survival items I believe that we all want and need to be loved. Sometimes that need leads us to God and other times it has us running from God.(Although he alone is the answer. Always.)
Another similarity is that we are all dying because our bodies are broken. Even those in the best of health are dying. Every day is closer to the end. I’m not trying to sound pessimistic it is simply the order of nature.
So I am wondering why is it that I think I can ever look at another human being as not being as good as I am. Ludicrous! Just ludicrous! Can you just imagine what God must think of this foolishness?
God made us all one of a kind even down to our DNA. However, we are very much all the same in our need for God’s love, forgiveness and grace.
I need to remember this.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.