And neither are you.
But that is okay. We don't have to be perfect, just forgiven.
You see, God looks at every sin the same way. He hates it. All sin is the same in His eyes.
Let's back up a moment. What is sin? It's missing the mark. God has set down spiritual laws for us to follow. Not because He wants to steal our fun but because He knows what will make us happier and able to live in harmony with each other.
The law was given so we would know what He expects out of us. It was also given so we would see we needed a Savior.
In today's world, we have a lot of laws on the books. Most of them can actually be traced back to the Ten Commandments.
Just 10 rules He wanted us to obey. Yet all of us have broken at least one and most of us can honestly say we have broken them all, either in actual deed or in thought.
It's funny ... those 10 rules must be very powerful because unbelievers fight awfully hard to keep them hidden from view.
This weekend I drove through a town nearby. I had seen before a new sign in the parking lot by the village hall but I never read it. Saturday, I noticed what the sign said. It was a listing of the ten commandments. I love it! In an era when people are trying to take down any reference to scripture, they are putting it on display for all to see.
In case someone doesn't know what the 10 commandments are, let me list them for you:
Exodus 20:2-17 The Message (MSG)
- No other gods, only me.
- No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments.
- No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name.
- Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work—not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.
- Honor your father and mother so that you’ll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you.
- No murder.
- No adultery.
- No stealing.
- No lies about your neighbor.
- No lusting after your neighbor’s house—or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s.
Be honest. You've messed up on a couple of these things, haven't you? I know I have.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23 English Standard Version (ESV)
Why not just admit it? You've messed up. You are facing judgment, because make no mistake - God is a holy God and will not tolerate sin.
You need a Savior. I need a Savior.
What to do?
Join me tomorrow to find out.
This post is #2 in a 31 day series. Click here to see the cover page with my newest link added each day.
If you would like to read other 31Day posts on a wide range of topics, visit the Nester's blog, Nesting Place.