2018-02-28 - Faith, Humility, Restoration
An interesting show came across the path of my husband and myself recently and it is entitled Perception. While there are likely some liberties taken in the show, to point out how it’s possible to look at mental illness in a positive light, I appreciate the motives, and it indeed gave me a new perception of schizophrenia. Not only does the show feature schizophrenia, but more recently it also addresses how faith and humility can be tools to repair what seemed like a permanently failed marriage. It would seem that such a concept is all but extinct in our current society, and so I found it very refreshing. The particular episode we watched seemed to line up with several ideas that have been on my mind during Lent: faith, humility and restoration.
The wife of the struggling couple in the show episode was faced with a situation that left her butting heads with a spiritual advisor who would question her lack of humility in the process of her following work protocol. She would have to find a way to demonstrate meekness, ultimately to God via the mentor, in order to put her marriage first and still do her job effectively. Her work and her faith collided. The husband was willing to give up something that mattered to him spiritually, because of his own transgressions, leading to a break in the relationship in the past. However, at this particular juncture, her pride was and could possibly continue to leave a rift between the couple in the long run, although her heart was well- intended, and she did her job well. The husband wanted all things to be on proper spiritual footing during this go-round of their relationship, and she agreed with him. Sometimes doing the right thing does not mean you are completely wrong, but that you want to make better decisions overall than you did before. So she chose to take the step making reparations with the shepherd from the collision, in order to show her husband that getting to the truth was equally as important as showing humility, restoring relationships while doing so. And she proved it by following through in a manner which would not give her any credit, but just restore spiritually what mattered to him the most and support him while still being honorable to God in her work. In other words, she sacrificed, gave God the glory, and took herself out of it. Faith is most effective in action. God’s perception of us and what we do is what truly matters most of all.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NASB)
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” (Matthew 19:16-30)
“So don’t let anyone criticize you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating Jewish holidays and feasts or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these were only temporary rules that ended when Christ came. They were only shadows of the real thing—of Christ himself. Don’t let anyone declare you lost when you refuse to worship angels, as they say you must. They have seen a vision, they say, and know you should. These proud men (though they claim to be so humble) have a very clever imagination. 19 But they are not connected to Christ, the Head to which all of us who are his body are joined; for we are joined together by his strong sinews, and we grow only as we get our nourishment and strength from God. Since you died, as it were, with Christ and this has set you free from following the world’s ideas of how to be saved—by doing good and obeying various rules[a]—why do you keep right on following them anyway, still bound by such rules as not eating, tasting, or even touching certain foods? Such rules are mere human teachings, for food was made to be eaten and used up. These rules may seem good, for rules of this kind require strong devotion and are humiliating and hard on the body, but they have no effect when it comes to conquering a person’s evil thoughts and desires. They only make him proud.” (Colossians 2:16-23 TLB)
“He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” (Proverbs 15:32-33)
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” (1 Peter 5:4-6)
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” (Psalm 23:2-3)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.
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