The apostle Paul writes in Galatians 6:14, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” The apostle’s earnest desire is to make his life a living ‘boast’ in the cross of Christ.
We ought to do the same. Any and all things that deny the cross should be confessed and crucified—for that is why Christ died, to atone for our cross-denying sins. Yet, the sins which may deny Christ most may not be the easiest to spot.
Today, Scotty Smith points out five ways that we deny Christ in his prayer for fresh grace. He writes,
When I mute my heart to the insult of grace—minimizing my need of the gospel, I deny your cross.
When I think, even for one moment, that my obedience merits anything, or makes you love me more than you already do, I deny your cross.
When I put others under the microscope and measure of performance-based living—copping a critical spirit and judgmental attitude, I deny your cross.
When I wallow in self-contempt and shame—disbelieving and dismissing your great love lavished upon us in the gospel, I deny your cross.
When I’d rather do penance than repent and collapse upon the riches of grace, once again, I deny your cross.
May we learn to spot our cross-denying tendencies and run back to the hill where grace flows freely–the hill of Calvary. In this way, the cross itself empowers us to deny our denials, and it reminds us of the sinfulness of our ever present self-sufficiency.
May we boast in the cross today by confessing our denials.
Soli Deo Gloria, dss