October 9, 2018
Romans 3:23… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
I am not certain what I will write about this short verse that is rather familiar to all people. The obvious amplification is that nobody can please God and achieve his glory apart from God, Himself. God, by sending His Son, can justify us through His blood. What we were unable to accomplish, He did. Besides being the greatest story of all time, it showed his love and how He thinks. He saw that we might try many things to reach Him, but He knew they would all fail, because we were/are sinful. Does that define your love for other people? Do you care more about them than yourself? We fall short of the glory of God because we are sinners, not necessarily because of a specific sin. If you are like me, you probably have thought, “If I could just get rid of this one sin, I would be a much better person.” You might get along better in this life, but you would still be a sinner and still need Jesus’ sacrifice. Have you ever known someone who would be described as a goody-two-shoes? My guess is, if you have, you probably didn’t like them. A goody-two-shoes is measured by the Law and not by grace. He, or she, doesn’t do certain things that we consider bad. Have you ever known someone who beat an addiction? I have, and it is thrilling to see, but many times the same person picks up a different addiction… sometimes gossip, sometimes pride, sometimes judgment. For each of those conditions, we also need a Savior. God has determined that every one of us, humans, fails to live sin-free. He made a way for us to get through the blockage. A ‘goody-two-shoes’, a ‘holier-than-thou’ needs the same sacrifice as a drug addicted thief. We are justified only by the blood of Jesus. But it is not just only, It is always. When you meet a Christian, who is not doing things the way you would do them, think like God…he/she is justified by faith in Jesus. Period. When God looks at you, does He see the blood of His Son or is that buried beneath criticism and judgment? What robe, outer garment, do you have on? Put on the garment of praise.
Isaiah 61:3… To grant unto those who mourn in Zion… ... the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit. “Bless the Lord, oh my soul.”