I recently committed a sin, a willful, selfish action that defied God’s authority and design for my life. The moment and moments after are tormenting. I said to myself, “I can’t believe you did that. What would God think of you? After all you guys have gone through. I really can’t believe that you did that.”
Then I thought, “What would God think of this? Would he be as surprised as I was?”
The fact of the matter is, God wasn’t surprised at all. In fact, He knew that in that time, place, and emotion, I would commit that sin and that I was actually more than capable, heck, prone to act like that.
The reason why we can’t believe that we did that is because we have an ignorant, incomplete, fluffed, and inaccurate beliefs of ourselves. We have to acknowledge that we live in the world that is a prisoner of sin (Gal 3:22). We have to acknowledge that, before we met Jesus, we really didn’t know any better. We have to acknowledge that we have to constantly fight to follow God’s design, which is unnatural and foreign to our old ways (Gal 5:16-18).
When we get real with ourselves and realize that we are prone to fail, that’s when we give up trying to do godly things on our own. That’s when we stop trying to be someone that we are not. That’s when we stop proving our righteousness to God and to the world.
That’s when God says, “Alright, let’s get this show rollin’” It’s basically doing this every moment, every day, every year… that results in God-led transformation.
So, let’s get real and get down to the business. Shall we?