One day, I was vacuum-cleaning the house. Normally I would do it as quickly as possible and be done with it. On that particular day, however, I felt like doing something different so, using the dusting brush, I cleaned all the corners and along the walls. I was surprised to see so much dust.
As I squatted and inspected more thoroughly I noticed many fine hairs and dust particles which I didn’t see before. The closer I looked the more of the dirt I saw; I moved the lounge chairs and there was even more dirt underneath it. My house is not as clean as it looks.
My house illustrates my spiritual life. At a glance my life might seem ‘spotless’ too; I don’t kill, I don’t commit adultery, I give to charity and I believe in God. My life is fine and so it would seem to others as well.
But scrutinised through the holy eye of God, my life is a list of one broken Law after the other. I sin, not occasionally, but continually, all my life, whether consciously or not.
Although I don’t commit an actual murder, whenever I hate others or am unforgiving, I sin. Although I do not actually commit adultery, when I look at another man with lust, I sin. Although I give to charity, when I look down upon others and feel superior to them, I sin. Although I don’t literally bow down to an idol, when I treasure something else more than my Creator, I sin. This idol could be anything; my work, or even my moral acts.
Suddenly when looked through the eye of God, my life is not as good as it looks. How about my good deeds, you might ask; surely all the kindness and sacrifice that I show and make counts for something? However, the bible says ‘… whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it’ (James 2:10 NIV).
This might sound too harsh to you. In our day and age, we don’t like to hear about our judgement and punishment. But God, our Sovereign Creator, has decreed that every transgressor be punished. It is the sinners’ wage (Rom 6:23). We have sinned and the cost is death. I have sinned and there is nothing I could do to avoid the punishment. I am condemned.
However, Christ, fully man and fully God, in His mercy has provided a way-out. He took our sins and bore our condemnation upon Himself. He was punished on our behalf so we wouldn’t have to be punished. Who would do such a thing? Only Christ would.
But that is not all. On the third day, having conquered sin and death, He rose again from the dead. Because of Christ, we are now the children of God and heirs of the Kingdom.
Jesus bore all our iniquities on the cross and in return, gave us all His righteousness. Forgiveness He provides freely for us; we can never earn it, our efforts are too feeble and shabby. It is a gift; all we need to do now is to accept this gift humbly. Let’s worship Him with our lives and continually give thanks for the new life He’s given us through His death.
Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows… He was pierced for our transgression…the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed (Isa. 53:4-5)
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1)
Mentor, Redlands MOPS, QLD