It’s honest about their lives, their successes and failures, and especially their sin.
My favorite example is always Lot…Lot who was comfortably settled in Sodom, Lot who escaped the destruction of Sodom only by divine intervention, and Lot who we last see in the older Testament in a cave getting drunk and having sex with his kids.
We don’t see brother Lot again until the New Testament where he is enshrined as a “righteous man”.
How in the name of everything holy does he end up on that list?
Only by the grace of God.
He enters glory not on his own merits, but by the goodness of God.
The grace of God changes a sinner into a hero of the faith.
Whatever good Lot accomplished is credited to his God and to that grace that flows to the unlikeliest of men.
As a result ,we celebrate God and his grace, not the transformed sinner.
God is glorified because the flaws of the vessels He uses are so obvious.
On our own, we’re not so honest when we record our histories.
This weekend there will be a huge memorial service for Chuck Smith.
They rented a sports arena that seats 18,000 and thousands more will watch via the internet.
They will not mention anything that might tarnish the popular hagiography about Smith, though many of those attending will have done so loudly in private.
As a result, God will only get credit for making a good choice.
Smith was used greatly of God, but like all others on this mortal coil, he was used greatly despite his sin, not because he lacked any of his own.
My own memorial service will be contained to a front room, or perhaps a closet.
There will be no mention of what a fine man of God I was… they will all know better…but I hope there is much mention of what a great God such a scoundrel had.
We’re all Lot.
Make your own application…