Today around the world, millions of people will be marked with ashes for Ash Wednesday. They will hear the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
This was not part of my religious tradition growing up, and so I’ve been thinking about this since this comic strip is being posted on Ash Wednesday. This is not designed to be an Ash Wednesday comic strip, it is just a follow up to last week’s “Laser Eyes Jesus” comic strip series “Giving Up Bad Stuff That’s Fun” and “So What About The Bad Stuff Anyway?”. Still it does incorporate a bit of the self-reflective purpose of Lent as I understand it.
So what do you think? Should you view yourself as “just a little sinner saved by grace”? Is that how Jesus views you?
I guess my question is, in a season of contemplation, or really in any season or individual day, is it good and right to call myself “a sinner saved by grace”?
There is no doubt in my mind that I am…
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
…but is that how I should label myself? Is that how Jesus labels us as believers?
I imagine a Heavenly Banquet where the doors are opened, then you and I are welcomed in by Jesus. How will He introduce us? “Look, Father, here are my little sinners saved by grace!” This does not ring true in my heart.
“Look, Father, here is my workmanship, made from dust and ashes, redeemed, and loved! My new creation!” This does ring more true in my heart.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)
What this all means and how it all comes together, I’m still learning, but I do like the idea of being reminded both at the same time and all together we are “dust and ashes, His workmanship.”