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I Just Want to Be Abnormal
Posted on July 7, 2022 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
Years ago I was sitting with a handful of sisters in Christ and we were having a follow-up discussion relating godly and worldly sorrow. 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 as bad as me.
2. Whew! I’m normal.
A short time later as I was driving home and 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.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:10-11