Last week I saw "Oz the Great and Powerful with my son." Oscar, before really becoming Oz, was a magician. He was very aware that he was a fake, a con man, nothing more than a performer. At some point in the movie Glinda, the good witch, Oz, and their companions are traveling in bubbles approaching the city that is protected by some sort of force field. Oz becomes anxious about crossing this protective shield and Glinda explains that all those of good heart will cross through without a problem. Oz yelled, “I’m going to die!” For his surprise, he crossed, with difficulty, but his bubble finally made it through. Glinda was smiling, probably because she knew as well as him that his heart was not as good as he was pretending. Eventually he will confess this to Glinda and she tells him that she already knew. However, she believed in him; not for whom he was at the moment, but for who he could be. I thought of God and our justification by faith. God looks at us the same way that Glinda looked at Oz. God does not see who we are now, God sees us through Jesus, and thus, justified. In Philippians we are reminded of this righteousness that is not our own but given to us by Jesus Christ: “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.” (Philippians 3:8b-9) Glory be to God who loves us as we are and see in us our potential, not our wicked hearts.