Recently I was sitting with a handful of sisters in Christ and we were having a follow-up discussion relating godly and worldly sorrow (which I wrote about a few weeks ago). I was sharing my struggle knowing that I lean heavily towards worldly sorrow rather than godly sorrow; and that repentance – turning away from my sin and not doing it any more – is a far too infrequent reality in my life and I have been a believer for 32 years.
My friends were nodding in agreement. I thought two things almost simultaneously
1. They can’t be a bad as me. 2. Whew! I’m normal.
A short time later as I was driving home it struck me. I can be normal without Christ. I can be normal in my own strength. I can be normal without yielding to Christ. I can be normal without dying to self. I can be normal independent of the Savior of the world. I can be normal all by myself. I DON’T WANT TO JUST BE NORMAL! I want to be abnormal. I want to be what I can be only IN CHRIST. I want to be what I can be only by yielding, surrendering, and dying to myself. I want it to be evident that I have been to the cross and that I am growing in Christ-likeness.
That can ONLY happen in Christ, by His grace, by His power, and by His strength and that is anything BUT normal.
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.