G.K. Chesterton and a memorable thought

Early 20th century writer, G.K. Chesterton, was a brilliant philosopher of rhetoric, theologian, debater and….WRITER! His writing is said to have contributed to author, C.S. Lewis’ conversion.

So I wanted to share this quote for today – One I want to remember EVERY day):

G.K. Chesterton was asked why he became a Christian. His answer, “To get rid of my sins.”

It’s so simple – but if you think about it, exactly right! Why would Jesus stand out in history? Why would his existence draw such response from around the world? Why would he cause such controversy, if he was just another great man of history?

Except for one big thing:

Only HE can ‘get rid’ of our sins.

It’s the one thing we can’t work out ourselves, no matter how hard we try. We can strive for success, riches, power, and some measure of happiness – but to eliminate the niggling awareness of our own imperfection? The darkness in our own hearts?

None of us can eliminate it on our own. Lots of times we don’t even want to acknowledge it, but it’s there – reminding us of our humanity.

The beauty in the middle of it all?

Once we recognize our lostness and our helplessness to save ourselves, Christ reaches into our brokenness, heartache, and ugliness and gives us His purity. His perfection.

That’s what God sees then.

His perfect, beloved Son.

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