Peeling Back The Layers

Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do not be stubborn any longer. Deut. 10:12-22 I work in several communities that have their problems. But then what community doesn’t. Almost everyday is spent peeling back layers of thought, ego and self-servitude, my own examination within me to help ensure that what I’m doing is reaching the heart of God’s mission. Circumcision is a uncomfortable and painful process. Yet, as I slowly cut away the excesses of the world I am blessed to experience the graciousness of God’s grace and help in times of need and strengthened to continue the peeling process as I leave the pain of every layer that is cut away behind me. Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One have grace and mercy upon us as we work to approach the heart of your throne.

No Compliments Today

…real circumcision is a matter of the heart—it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God. Romans 2:25-3:18   I’d worn this combination before, a cute little cross-body bag and a matching scarf. It never failed to get at least one compliment except on this one particular day. I’d been in a store for a little while when a salesperson approached and asked if I needed any assistance. I thanked her and politely stated that I was slowly making my way to the cash register. All the while I noticed that she was alternately looking at my scarf and my bag but she never said a word. Clearly she noticed my fashion statement. How dare she not say anything when clearly I was expecting her to say something – nice! By the time I reached my car I’d realized my vanity. No doubt, we all want people to recognize something about us. Yet when it doesn’t come a whole flood of emotions surfaces to the forefront of our thoughts. Some of these emotions can be difficult to shake off and subsequently overwhelm us into actions we may regret, affecting our selves or some one else. A physical circumcision involves one layer of skin. When we begin the spiritual journey and accept Christ as our savior, the delicate process of circumcision involves multiple layers, some of which will take time to peel away. But God gives us every opportunity to peel back every layer each time we give praise instead of wondering why we aren’t receiving it or looking for it from other people. What God praises has a far greater reward than praise from any one person.

Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do not be stubborn any longer.  Deuteronomy 10:16-18

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Psalm 95