We Are Glorious Ruins, Bent Glory

“To be like Jesus means that we must enter the complexity of both dignity and depravity.  We are made in the image of God–glorious.  We have taken on Adam and Eve’s hiding and blaming–ruin.  We are glorious ruins, bent glory. And it shows up in every moment of our existence until we one day see Jesus as he is and become pure as he is pure . . .

To grow character, we must not deny or hide from the reality of our unique dignity.  We are made in the image of God, and we are uniquely woven with awesome beauty.  We may be remarkably handsome or bright, possess great musical ability or a hysterical sense of humor.  We may possess remarkable abilities to encourage other or to read the nuances of relationships.  Whatever marks us with glory, we are meant to prize it and use it for the sake of others.

To grow character, however, we must also not deny or hide from the reality of our depravity.  Each of us has a unique way of hiding shame and blaming others for our failures.  We must admit the truth that we are a mess and that we mar everything we do with some stain of the Fall.  We are meant to grieve this and repent.  We are both awful and awesome at the same time.”

– Dan Allender in Leading With A Limp, pages 164-165.

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