Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“What I am doing you do not understand now,
but afterward you will understand”. John 13:7
When Michael Jordan was at the height of his career he was the darling of the public media. The famed NBA player had worked hard to gain the confidence and favor of both local and national reporters. And so apparently when there were things they knew about Jordan that would potentially diminish his squeaky clean image, they chose not to report it.
Protective of our own personal and public image, we work hard at keeping hidden the damnable, shameful realties or “skeletons” pertaining to ourselves. If given the choice we might ignore or find clever ways to justify our very dark, sinful traits. Christ absolutely refuses to ignore them.
It is a most humiliating and painful experience once God enters into our darkest spaces and begins to bring the disease to the surface, exposing it so that He might purge it out completely. It is a humbling season of acute confusion. We do not know what He is doing or why He is doing it. Yet afterwards when we began to experience the fruit of restoration and the joy of increased intimacy we are happy He has done so. And we are increased in affection and love towards the One who is ever condescending for our good.