At times we need to be reminded of things. There were so many times throughout my career where I would learn something, do it over a period of time, and then forget it and have to relearn it. At times I felt like my whole career was learning the same things time and time again. I remember the fall of my freshman year of college. I had just come into the school and was vying for a starting spot (as was everyone else) and wanted to show out well that first fall. I cant remember if it was specifically my first at bat, or at least one of the early ones, where I got a middle in fastball and hit it off the wall in left center. I felt great as I pulled into second, felt as if I was starting hot and would stay that way for forever: until my next at bat. My teammates on the bump quickly learned that to get me out all they had to do was bury a slider off the outer edge. I consistently failed, although repeatedly learning it, to keep my weight back. In the end of my freshman fall I believe I ended with around a .150 average and a huge lack of confidence.
This week I was again pulled back into reality with the passage I was prepping for our weekly chapel message. The passage says:
“What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
“Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
While I know this is a long passage. Ultimately it reminds us of one point. We cant do it. We are not good enough. We are dead in our sins, and no matter our good works, we can do nothing that will justify us in front of a Perfect, Almighty God. But Jesus. He did it for us, this is the Gospel, this is what we need reminding of. Not us, but Him. Its always been about him and will always be about Him!
Thank you Jesus for coming to rescue a sinner like me! Thank you for your Word that leads us back to the truth!