Isaiah 43:25 (NLT) “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again…”
for his own sake?
How do I look at the forgiveness of my sins, my salvation – or that of anyone else – if it is only “for His Own sake?” I’ve never considered that God blotted out my sins FOR HIS OWN SAKE. I always thought it was for my sake. To rescue me from going to hell, right? This simply highlights the faulty filter through which I see myself, my life. The fact that I constantly evaluate circumstances and events through the lens that has ME at its center, reflects the individualistic, self-indulgent character that epitomizes most of us who call ourselves Christians today. Sadly, I am too often the center of my own world. Somehow, I’ve taken what God says He did for His Own sake, and owned it as mine.
Who is increasing? who is decreasing?
As soon as I hear the words come out of my own mouth, I realize it means that I’ve stolen from Him; I’ve appropriated as my own what belongs to Him! I’ve twisted (at least in my own mind) His work so that I have increased and He has decreased. Am I not guilty of shaping Him in my own image here? Of course, I am the recipient of His work; my sins are forgiven, and He’s “forgotten” them. But what does it mean that He did this for His Own Sake, rather than for mine?
Where's the focus?
I guess it comes down to focus, doesn’t it? Who is the focus of His work? Him . . . or me? The challenge for me is to recognize my “bent” toward making myself the standard against which I measure everything. I want Him to be the center of my world. When I’m the center, things get ugly really quickly. That’s not what I want . . . do you?