If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
(1 John 1:8-10)
Maybe you have never said that you are without sin.
Maybe you have never claimed to be perfect.
Have you ever said or thought:
“At least I am not as bad as that person sitting over there”
“At least I am not living in sin like that couple.”
“At least I attend worship more than that person.”
“At least I don’t________” (Fill in the blank).
Sin can be a tough thing to talk about or listen to because many people don’t want to hear that they are sinful, they want to hear how to make their lives better. Our society today has been so inundated with the prosperity gospel that any talk of personal sinfulness has become very offensive to people.
“Don’t tell me I am sinful, tell me how to be successful.”
“Tell me how to have a better marriage.”
“Tell me how to be blessed by God.”
“Tell me how to be happy in this life.”
“Tell me that, deep down inside, I am a good person.”
Go to the self-help section of any bookstore and you will see book after book after book that uses scripture to “teach” you how to be successful, to be happy, to get ahead in this world. These authors claim that God wants to bless you and this is how you can make that happen.
The Good News is not that God wants to bless you, but the Good News is that because we are SINFUL God has blessed us with his Son, Jesus Christ. There are no steps or actions we must take, but…
Jesus has already died on the cross for you.
Jesus has already risen from the grave for you.
Jesus has already made the offer for forgiveness.
Jesus has already gone ahead to prepare a place for you (John 14:1-7)
And Jesus has done all of this because we really are that bad. We are sinful, evil people.
[Sorry if I just burst your bubble. Well…actually…I am not sorry.]
Being happy and successful in this life is something Jesus never promised. But what Jesus has promised is that we can have a PEACE that surpasses all understanding and HOPE in this life of eternal life. And it is this PEACE and HOPE that sustains me in this life…even when things are not going my way because I know that there is more than just THIS life.
Admit your sinfulness and know that God is faithful and just and will forgive your sins through Jesus Christ. For in the end, that is all we truly need.
Dear sinner…have a great day basking in the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord 🙂