Max Lucado’s “The Parable of the River“:
Last week, I wrote a post based around Max Lucado‘s book, “In The Grip Of Grace” and the first few chapters in Romans. This led to a second post, “Review Part 2“. As you can see, the initial post has become a series of three posts.
Today, I offer the third (and final) piece to our puzzle.
Let me talk a little bit about hurt. While serving at a church in Alaska, the Senior Pastor taught me a phrase that will stick with me for life: “Hurt people, hurt people.” Did you catch that?
“Hurt people, hurt people.”
The concept is based around caring for those who sin (who are hurting) in order to prevent more hurt.
This catch phrase of “hurt people, hurt people” fits perfectly into Romans chapter 2. Starting in verse 5, Paul states the following: “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself.”
Then drop down to verse 9: “There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil”.
Can we grasp that simply pointing a finger at the sins of someone else doesn’t help us? In fact, we make it harder for ourselves!
Let’s get back to Lucado’s parable:
Metaphorically we’ve climbed so high on our hilltops, hiding all our sin and shame; that we have no idea how to come back down. We’re alone and hurting; but all we can do is point our fingers.
I’ll close this 3-part post with two simple thoughts: First, from Romans 2:10, there is “glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good”. Second, from verse 11,“God does not show favoritism.” We can change if we really want to. We’re not stuck in this finger-pointing state.
Right here, right now; we can choose to do good.
And when we do, there will be glory, honor and peace for us. Furthermore, because God does not show favoritism; He will forgive us and not only guide us down from our hilltop; but he will guide us back to His (our Father’s) castle!
I challenge you today. Perhaps, there is a person whom you have been standing over and pointing at? You have judged them based on something they have done in the past or are doing now.
However, you’ve neglected to recognize your own sin. You continue to point and ignore the hurt in your heart.
Don’t you want it to stop?
Isn’t it exhausting and lonely, having to constantly watch out for that person’s next mistake? I challenge you to let Christ take you by the hand and help you down from your hilltop. It’s time to return to the Father and ask for forgiveness.
It’s time to end the hurt.