Revelation 3:20-21 (MSG)
20-21 “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!
Matthew 7:1-5 (MSG)
7 1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
Conquerors and contempt – what a dichotomy. How does Christ conquer the world and do it without contempt? How does He use us to do his work? What’s our role in this?
In my worldview, there’s nothing worse than a self-righteous, sanctimonious, holier than thou christian. What a stinking, unforgiving, pain in the side of a loving God.
So, how do we conquer without contempt? It’s about recognizing how broken we all are, how messed up and far away from God we all are. He’s perfect in all ways, we’re not in any way. Since we’re called to serve a perfect God, it helps to keep in perspective who He’s using to do His work – us, and remember what a blessing that is.
It’s not about us being better than the world, but having been blessed with God’s grace, we do know a better way forward. Approach it with the respect, reverence and love it deserves and it becomes very difficult to be sanctimonious.
Conquer with humble gratitude of the blessing we’ve been given and adoration of the Lord who loves us more than we can understand.