For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
When trying to write a title for this post, I almost wrote something along the lines of “You’re not perfect!” In the effort to be tactful I chose another way of saying it: all have sinned. This is an unavoidable fact of life.
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20
Mother Teresa sinned. Billy Graham sinned. I sin. You sin. Why? Check out Genesis chapters 1 – 3. God created a beautiful world filled with life. He had great pleasure in crafting all the details – from the stars to the tiny grains on the seashore. From seed bearing fruits and animals. Of all His creation He regarded man and woman as “very good.” One sentence summary: Life was perfect. Sin changed that. When Adam and Eve decided that they no longer trusted and obeyed God’s word they fell. The world changed. So did the human nature. We became enslaved to impurity of the mind and body.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve seen some humans do some pretty good things. But “good deeds” don’t atone for the sin in our lives. Not by a long shot. There isn’t anything that we can do to erase the stain from our lives, leave the presence of sin, and remain flawless from there on out.
Nor does this mean that since we are so deeply entrenched that we should just give up and allow sin to rule our lives. I’m merely making the point that everyone reading this (and everyone else besides) is not perfect. We are broken vessels.
Thankfully for us the story doesn’t end there. God uses the broken jars, reshaping and reforming them according to His purpose. Curious? Check out 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 and next week’s post.
Yours in Christ,
The Wednesday Witness
Upcoming: Broken Vessels