2010-03-25 - Contrite Warriors
con·trite adjective 1. caused by or showing sincere remorse. 2. filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent: a contrite sinner. (Dictionary.com Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.)
Psa 51:16-18 For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. 18 By Your favor do good to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. (NASB)
We are told to occupy until He comes again (Luke 19:13, KJV). We should not be arrogant but have nothing to apologize for as the people of God either. We have been given marching orders to go and tell the nations the good news of Jesus Christ.
Individually we may stumble and fall. Sin is a part of this world and part of the old man, the old nature that lives inside us that we do battle with every day. We have the Holy Spirit as a witness the power of the salvation given to us freely by Jesus. Still we will chose to wander where we should not to our detriment.
Peter knew this well. I love his example. He was warned by Jesus that he would deny Jesus before the sun rose. Peter made a bold, proud claim that he would rather die with Jesus than deny his Lord. The enemy was given permission to "sift you (Peter) like wheat" (Luke 22:31). There is little doubt in my mind that Peter was crushed and broken in spirit and heart. We read that he wept bitterly after his denial. Peter Peter understood contrition. Jesus restored Peter after his denial. Jesus will restore us too. The more humble, restored Peter went on to be a leader in the early church. He spoke boldly at Pentecost (Acts 2) beginning the occupation until Jesus returns.
The second definition is powerful - "filled with a sense of guilt ... ". There is only one reason for guilt and that is a personal failure. We sin. Sin is deliberate. But if we are willing to recognize that failure with "sincere remorse" and desire for atonement and restoration, we have a promise that it will be done.
If you think God has left you on the shelf and can't or won't use you any more think again. Pick up your sword, dust yourself off and start walking again.
Think on this. Selah.
Grace & Peace,