Lazaroo – Thursday, February 27, 2014

Feb 27, 2014 I Lazaroo.

 

Pray the words of this Lazaroo aloud, in humbled solemnity:

“…they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.”
(Job 2:12)

People don’t do much of that in my culture, Jesus.

Well…we might weep aloud now and then
but we don’t do much

robe-tearing
dust-sprinkling

…although maybe we should.

There are things in our world worthy of that level of grief:

genocide
human trafficking
abortion.

Actually…

there are things in my life that merit

crying out loud
tearing my clothes
dumping dust on my head.

Perhaps those areas
are where I’d better start.

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Numbers 25:1-13; Judges 21:1-3; 2 Samuel 13:1-19; Ezra 10:1-4; Acts 21:8-14; Revelation 18:19

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2 responses so far.

  1. Steve Says:

    I absolutely agree, Marty. You’ve just described the preferred state of the believer! But not all of us live up to our birthright in Christ. When these failures occur – such as what happened during Peter’s miracle walk on the water – we cry out to God, Who is there to help us and keep us from sinking beneath the waves. Thus the Scriptures;

    1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

    James 4:8-10, “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

  2. marty Says:

    “…there are things in my life that merit
    crying out loud
    tearing my clothes
    dumping dust on my head.”

    But as a New Covenant believer, now free from performance-based righteousness, being dead to sin according to Romans, knowing that my old self WAS crucified with him, knowing that the world has been crucified to me and I to the world, and knowing that it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me —

    if I still have things that apparently require crying out, clothes-tearing, dust-dumping anguish – isn’t there something wrong? Like in how I see my identity? If I identify more as a “sinner saved by grace” than as a son of God, completely justified and complete in Christ, this is my state.

    But walking in what He has already accomplished, who He is in me and I in Him seems a far better state.

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