My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. James 5:19-20
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
There is a beautiful humility that becomes a person who has admitted the helplessness and unmanageability of their own life, and has turned their will and their life over to God. They are obviously not God, but God is in the room. It’s over. The fight is over. It’s God to the rescue.
The truth is humble and it’s simple. The lies and their backup are complicated. It’s hard to carry on a false story. If you’re working hard on it, it’s probably wrong. If your theology is complicated, it’s probably wrong. The truth is simple. Like my friend Dan said on BlogTalkRadio last night, it’s a relief. Truth is a relief. Coming to God is a relief. AA is a relief. Nothing to manipulate any more. Nothing to judge. Nothing to juggle. The jig is up.
So you finally come to God and say, “Okay God, I’m over it. I’ve messed it up pretty bad; now it’s your turn.” And that’s when He goes to work to remove all those defects of character, that is, if you are ready for Him to.
Remember Eustace? In C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, Eustace was the one who turned into a scaly, fire-breathing, ugly dragon — the outer manifestation of his inner self — and everyone was scared of him because they didn’t know that it was Eustace inside that dragon, until he finally gave up and started crying big dragon tears and God began to remove the scales one by one — that painful tearing away — but Eustace came back — a humble, beaten, but relieved Eustace. He was ready.
Are you ready? You’ll know its God because it’s the simple answer. We give up; He shows up (of course He’s been there all along). It’s God to the rescue.