It’s good to be home.
Two stories that came from today that really reflect two processes. I think they’re both from CS Lewis, or that he referred to them.
The first is the story of Beauty and the Beast, used as an analogy for that part of Luke 5 that says while we were still ugly in our sin, Christ died for us and brought us to him.
The second is the tale of a horrendous disfigured man, who wore a nice looking mask every day to cover up who he really was. After years and years he took the mask off and found that his face had conformed to the likeness of the mask. This speaks of our sanctification, to “put on” Christ in our daily lives. This is not to say that we should be fake, but that our actions and motives reflect those of Jesus Christ.
At the heart of this weekend, it’s been about who we are under the labels that we are given, and the labels that we give ourselves. That the biggest threat to our integrity is ourselves, and we need to be honest about this.