I thought I should start this new journey by quickly describing my intentions for the title of this blog. No, don’t read it fast because it will indeed sound like something that would make your mother cringe…as mine might be doing right now.
John Ortberg gave me this concept a few years ago after listening to his small group sermon titled, “Everybody’s Normal Til You Get To Know Them.” Indeed…its true. The idea hit again when Jon Weece of Southland alluded to Ortberg’s “Huts of Refuge” illustration a few weeks ago during Southland’s Countdown To A Better Lexington” series (I’m a few weeks behind still).
What’s the big idea you ask? Ortberg describes it a bit like this…
Have you ever been shopping at the clearance section? There are great items to be found…but they are purchased with two little words attached, “As Is.” Its as if the company is saying, “There is something wrong with this shirt. You may not see it now…the button that is sewn on backwards, the zipper that doesn’t work correctly, the pants missing a pocket…but you will find it…and when you do, don’t come crying to us!” As sinful people here on this planet called earth, we are “as is” in many ways. We all have our failures, our habits and sore spots. Perhaps we are held back by our pasts and define ourselves by the historic failures we made. Maybe its addictions that lead us to the dark corners to hide. Maybe its the fear of relationships after being hurt for the tenth time. The list could go on….we all have defects…and when we put our guard down to others, we accept the chance that they will see us for our “as is” value…there is a defect here, BE WARNED! We prepare secretly for rejection and proceed with caution.
Yet every Christian has a different ending. We were bought “as is” over 2000 years ago by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our Father saw us, all of us…the faults, the sins, the major defects and said, “I can use that” and paid for us ten times our thought worth. If you have been bought by our God, you are not “as is” any longer…you are simply HIS. Yes, we totally mess our lives up…over and over again…but with this new found relationship with Him, each trial should be a way for Him to chisel us into His masterpiece.
In other words, you are still “as is” to the world…but use your faults, your failures…those hurtful experiences in your life to show the world that you are His. He rewrites the “as is” moments and truly makes it His story.
This is mine….
Some days my writings here may be lengthy, deep with much thought provoking theology. Other days it may just be a random, texted in thought. Nevertheless, to the reader (if any) it is your opportunity to see my “As Is” and see HIS way of shining through…even if it may not be seen until several posts later.
So here we go…a new chapter has begun!