In working with people for many years, in both Men & Sports and Marriage & Family Ministries, it never ceases to amaze me just how self-deluded people really are—and I put myself at the top of that list! The world cannot figure out why people are all so messed up. Oh, there are plenty of highbrow theories; the “experts” speak of environment and biochemistry. Granted, these factors affect us all, but these are not the root causes of why we are so deluded. Only the Word of God paints an accurate picture of the real reason why; in a word, it is SIN!
- Sin is deceptive
- Sin is deceitful
- Sin is demanding
Sin works to distort, deform, and destroy everything it comes in contact with. This is exactly what was happening in the life of King David . . . until the grace of God showed up, causing David to say something so radical that only God could have laid these words on his heart.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. (Psalm 51:3)
These words come from a man who stole another man’s wife, got her pregnant, and then sent the woman’s husband to the front lines of the battlefield to die. David demonstrated himself to be a liar, a thief, an adulterer, and a murderer. And yet, incredibly, God calls David “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22 NIV). How could this be? Only because of unimaginable grace!
It is grace that opens blind eyes to see. It is grace that opens deaf ears to hear. It is grace that shocks a dead heart back to life. It is grace that allows us to begin the process of knowing who we really are and to cry out with the apostle Paul, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24-25 NKJV).
Has grace enabled you to say this today? Do you know yourself as the great sinner you really are? If so, cheer up! Jesus Christ is a far greater Savior than you are a sinner! Only when you acknowledge this truth are you on the road to knowing yourself. You no longer have to blame your way out of your sin. You no longer have to excuse your way out of your sin. You no longer have to hide your way out of your sin. Confess your sin to the One who died for it—all of it—and He is faithful to forgive you.
No penance . . . no performance . . . just the Prince of Peace—ready, willing, and able to forgive your greatest sin and your most heinous act. Plus all of the other gross stuff you do every day!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!