Undignified FAITH

Thursday , 25, August 2016 Leave a comment

Undignified FAITH

And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight.         (2 Samuel 6:22)

Dignity is something I have thought about often the last couple months—or more accurately, the loss of dignity.

Three hospital stays and a flurry of medical treatments has stripped away much of the veneer of “dignity” that I always prided myself on. I am an introvert who kept my private things…private. But physically, spiritually, and emotionally, life and please hear me—Grace—have done a number on all my dignity!

Dignity, after all, is just another word for pride

Let me tell you, it is a lot easier to preach on King David stripping naked or nearly so to dance before the Lord than it is to actually be stripped naked or nearly so—either physically—or spiritually and emotionally by things like pain, fear, and doubt—and thus forced to make a King-sized decision…

…Do I choose to dance in my heart before Jesus even though I am embarrassed? Do I choose to dance in my heart though I am in pain? Do I really choose to dance before the Lord even though I feel naked and vulnerable and weak? Do I dance when I really feel like puking, or crying, or giving up?

The loss of dignity, it turns out, seems to be the starting point of all true, transforming ministry…

  • Saul of Tarsus lost his dignity with his eyesight—Paul’s eyesight was healed, but his dignity never recovered…THANK GOD!
  • Peter the fisherman lost his dignity as a rooster crowed—and finally became a fisher-of-men…
  • Nicodemus tried to protect his dignity through a night-time visit to Jesus, but finally let his dignity die in the daylight of the crucifixion…
  • Mary lost her dignity with an unexpected and unexplainable pregnancy—and Humility Himself was born among us…
  • Joseph lost his dignity by standing with Mary, and was therefore able to stand beside Messiah..!

Jesus had nothing to be stripped of in terms of pride or dignity—and yet, Jesus had more stripped away than anyone else in history. The perfect Son of God was mocked and tortured, stripped and crucified naked (though we tend to put a cloth around him in our paintings to protect His dignity?!) beaten and whipped and betrayed and denied…

As followers of Jesus, we ought to know that our dignity, modesty, pride, and arrogance war against His perfect humility. For me, however, it is taking some real-life stuff to knock me off my horse…to help me hear the rooster crow… to bring my faith into the light… I can preach about David, but the Son of David is using some amazing things to strip me of the stuff that’s all about how I look to people rather than how I dance with Him…

How about you? Are you willing to allow God’s grace through life’s trials to strip you of the garments of pride and dignity and reputation???  It’s the only way to dance like a king—with the King!

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