Isaiah 6:8 ~ Then I heard the voice of the LORD, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us" Then I said, "Here am I, send me!"
So by all means, if the text requires us to cast off the old pattern of life, and put on the new life we gained in Christ, then apply it. Show us what it looks like to live out this grace-wrought life. Help us explore the implications of the gospel in marriage, career, and community. But whatever you do, don’t neglect to magnify in the right direction.
Our history—our journey—will lead us to one of two places. Either we will be filled with pride over what we’ve accomplished and who we’ve become, or we will be filled with shame over our failure to succeed and what we’ve done. But the gospel destroys both those positions. Both pride and shame are uprooted and burnt in the blazing light of the glory of Jesus.