“Everyone must have two pockets, so that he can reach into the one or the other, according to his needs. In his right pocket are to be the words: ‘For my sake was the world created,’ and in his left: ‘I am earth and ashes.’” – Rabbi Bunam of Pzhysha
And so ‘for by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement bin accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.’ – Paul in his book to the Romans 12:3
So, this is my thought….
What does ‘looking at ourselves with sober judgement’ mean? Being honest in our self-evaluation can be tricky, because to base our evaluation on either our successes or our failures will most likely skew our perspective. Our successes could lead us to consider ourselves more highly than we ought, and our failures would probably have the opposite effect. It is neither our strengths nor our weaknesses that give us our place of significance in this world. Rather, it is our identity in Christ, our measure of faith that reminds the ashes evident in our lives, that the world was created for us!
I have thought that momentum comes from our successes. Now I am thinking that momentum comes from our victories; those small obediences to the voice of God that most people would be totally unaware of. These victories, these overcomings of ourselves, are only possible by the grace of God – those successes whose glory truly belongs to Him, for it was in His strength that our obedience and good deeds were possible.
“It is ours to offer what we can, His to supply what we cannot.” – St. Jerome
Picture: St Jerome by Caravaggio