Do you ever feel like you have pinned yourself to a dissection table and started slicing?  Sometimes we spend a lot of time ‘outside’ of ourselves looking in and finding what is wrong.  In fact some teaching encourages such unhealthy examination of oneself.   I have heard such an interpretation of John the Baptist when he said “He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30.)”  I can say confidently that introspection was not what John the Baptist was referring to.

But no matter how hard we try we cannot be rid of ourselves.  If the whole of who God made us to be is wrong and should be cut away, why then would we also be taught that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit? 

You see, we must come to find that God crafted us with His perfect image in mind.  He did not add a ‘pinch of sin’ just to keep the curse going (we did that).  So somewhere in you is the idea of you in the complete and perfect image of Christ!  The hard part is in understanding that the creation can never be fully understood apart from the Creator.  Therefore, the more we know of God the clearer we become in our own eyes. 

As far as that ‘pinch of sin’ – you must trust that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you all things that you should be mindful of and not torment your own soul by continuing in the disease of introspection. 

And this, my friends, is the fundamental reason that we must learn to abide in Christ!  Grow your knowledge of God so that he may increase and we may decrease!

© Cheryl Meakins

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