Saturday, February 05, 2005

Hand in Glove

Last week on the radio I heard this analogy/illustration that was really kind of cheesy...and yet for some reason has stuck with me, coming to my mind now and then for the last several days. The gist of it was this:

Imagine a yellow rubber glove--like the kind you might use in the kitchen. Tell the glove to wave to you. It can't, of course. Now put your hand inside the glove, and tell the glove to wave to you. Now it can--your fingers wiggle and the glove waves.

This is how God works in us. By ourselves, our feeble attempts at righteousness are filthy rags. We're empty rubber gloves, incapable of waving, until the hand of the Holy Spirit moves within us. It's not the glove that really does anything at all...only the fingers within that glove.

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