We will not grow in grace until we receive the alarming, almost unbearable revelation of who we really are apart from God’s grace. This is what sends us running, or perhaps collapsing right then and there, to the feet of Jesus. Have you experienced this painful, though gracious revelation of your own sin and neediness? It is alarming, it is almost unbearable, but it is absolutely necessary:
“There can be few more alarming sights than the sight of what we would be were we left to ourselves, of what we are by nature in and of ourselves. It is a sight which few of us are able to bear for any length of time. That is why such experiences are usually brief, pointed but not prolonged. God shows us enough to make us see our need, to break down any illusions we may have had about ourselves. Like a skilled surgeon his knife work is fast, accurate, and clean.”
Sinclair Ferguson, Grow in Grace (reprint: Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2006), 119.