My flesh wants PAINLESS sanctification!
My flesh (ShepherdDave) is suffering-avoidant, and really wants to be more Jesus-dependent/faith-filled but wants pain-free growth. What ShepherdDave doesn’t understand, is that suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/dependency/humility/contentment. ShepherdDave doesn’t wanna hear about suffering. He wants EASY. None of this harrrd stuff. No adversity. Wants everything going his way.
Why does ShepherdDave want to be more faith-filled, fruitful with the lost, Jesus-dependent, holy, godly, obedient, loving, humble? So he can feel good about himself. ShepherdDave’s motivation for following Jesus is self-centered. ShepherdDave is way-more concerned about his own glory, than Jesus’ glory. The imputed worthiness of Jesus is UNsatisfying to ShepherdDave. He wants some worthiness of his OWN.
—DumbSheepDave, for the moment, because of fresh conviction of sin, having compassion on pathetic ShepherdDave this morning, because ShepherdDave is so clueless about how to find happiness, but so confident-he-knows, so confident his idols/addictions will deliver
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