The Major League record for homeruns is held by the Aaron brothers. Henry and Tommie combined hit more homeruns than any other combination of brothers in baseball history. Together they hit 768 homeruns. Henry hit 755 of them and Tommie added 13. Even though one brother did the bulk of the work, together they accomplished something great. Tommie played 7 seasons to get those 13 homers and his biggest claim to fame was his brother. This did not make him less of a man, 7 years in the pros is still impressive.
Likewise, needing to be identified with Christ does not make us less, but more. Needing Christ does not take from our character, it completes our character. God does not point to our inadequacies when He points out our sin, rather He’s pointing to our potential with Christ in us.
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